By Nkasi Kolie
A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Chief Yomi Alliyu, has told the Federal Government to compel the Department of State Service (DSS) to learn how to adhere to the rule of law and obey valid Court orders.
He gave the advice when he spoke with journalists in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, Tuesday on the refusal of DSS to release all the 12 detained aides of a Yoruba nation activist, Chief Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho.
Alliyu, who is the lead counsel to Igboho in the case before an Oyo State High Court, sitting in Ibadan over a bloody raid on Soka, Ibadan residence of the Igbohos in the early hours of July 1, 2021, contended that the refusal of SSS to release all the detained persons is nothing, but defiance to court order, directing the secret police to release all the 12 detainees.
The legal luminary also enjoined Vice President of Nigeria, Prof Yemi Osinbajo and Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Raji Fashola, who are both Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs), serving in the Federal Executive Council (FEC), to lead the Federal Government aright on the need to respect fundamental rights of Nigerians.
Alliyu also advised Osinbajo and Fashola “not to partake in the type of government that does not respect rule of law and fundamental rights of Nigerians,” adding that it was unfortunate that despite that the DSS violently invaded the Soka residence of the Igboho, “killing and maiming innocent Nigerians, they are still engaging in flagrant disrespect of court order.”
The arrested aides, according to him, have committed no offence. He added that they never carried arms, but are only asking for self-determination, and later headed for court to seek for enforcement of their fundamental rights. He states that the court in turn granted them bail, only for the SSS to be “looking for the way out of keeping the aides for long.”
Alliyu, in a press release, entitled: ‘Refusal of DSS to Release Those Granted Bail by Court’, noted that after the aides has been detained for over 53 days, their bail conditions were perfected and the court ordered their release, saying they are 12 in number.
He continued: “On approaching the DSS office for the release of these innocent Nigerians, SSS said they couldn’t release them because another person had served another process on them to release the same set of people.DSS is therefore equating a filed process not assigned to any court to the order of court validly enrolled and signed by a judge of Federal High Court. In any case, what was allegedly filed was for the release of our clients.
“The whole world knows that I was the one briefed directly by Sunday Adeyemo. I caused an action to be filed and it was done and judgment delivered. To hide under any guise will not only amount to contempt of court, but will definitely earn whoever is their legal adviser a day before the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee.”