A Federal High Court in Abuja yesterday allowed an application for the alteration of names on the court procedure in the fundamental human rights action filed by Sunday Igboho’s imprisoned aides against the Department of State Services (DSS).
Following an application made by the applicants’ counsel, Pelumi Olajemgbesi, who requested the court for amendment on discrepancies in names mentioned on the court process, the trial judge, Justice Obiora Egwuatu, approved the motion.
The DSS’s counsel, who did not object to the application, did say that granting an application for revision of processes filed was up to the court’s discretion.
Justice Egwuatu accordingly granted the application for amendment of the names on the court process and adjourned the matter till August 4, 2021, for the continuation of trial.
On the next postponed date, the judge further ordered the DSS to produce all applicants.
Despite the court’s previous direction to the DSS to produce the arrested applicants in court, only eight of the twelve arrested applicants were present in court, according to the applicants’ attorney.
The judge said that the injunction must be followed to the letter, and that the DSS must then provide an explanation for their imprisonment.
Applicants in the matter are Abdulateef Ofeyagbe, Amoda Babatunde, Tajudeen Erinoyen, Diakola Ademola, Abideen Shittu, Jamiu Noah, and Ayobami Donald.
Others include Adelabe Usman, Oluwapelumi Kunle, Raji Kazeem, Taiwo Opeyemi, and Bamidele Sunday.
The two respondents in the matter are Director-General, DSS, and State Security Services (SSS).
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