An Oyo State High Court has admitted an ex-parte motion restricting the Nigerian Department of State Services (DSS) and Attorney-general of the Federation from “arresting, intimidating, harassing, and blocking bank accounts of Sunday Adeyemo better known as Igboho”.
Justice Ladiean Akintola of the high court in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital gave the order following an ex-parte motion moved by his lawyer, Yomi Aliu on Wednesday.
The motion arose from the originating motion seeking N500 billion damages for the invasion of the Yoruba nation leader’s house by officers of the Department of State Services in Ibadan on July 1.
“The court has ordered that he must not be arrested, intimidated, harassed, detained, or killed. The court also said that his account should not be blocked,” the senior lawyer, Aliu told reporters after the sitting.
“The court has proved itself as the defender of the masses. The court has granted permission for him to exercise his fundamental human right of free movement.
“He can now walk freely as a Nigerian and his house must not be attacked. AGF is also a party in this case. I m sure he will obey this judgment. He is a senior advocate. I urge the government to be law-abiding.”
Hearing in the suit was adjourned to August 18.
Mr Adeyemo had fled Nigeria after the raid on his home which had left two persons killed while 12 others were arrested and whisked to Abuja.
He alongside his wife were arrested at Cadjèhoun Airport in Cotonou on their way to Germany.
While his wife, Ropo was released after their arraignment before a court in Benin Republic, Igboho remains in custody after extradition hearing on the request of the Nigerian government was stalled.
By Abel Ejikeme