An Abuja Federal High Court on Monday, November 22,, adjourned the arraignment of two aides of Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, to January 24, 2022. following the absence of any Yoruba interpreter in court.
The two aides are Jamiu Oyetunji and Amudat Babatunde, who were among the 12 persons that were arrested by the Department of State Services, DSS, during a raid conducted by its personnel at the residence of Sunday Igboho on July 1, 2021.
The aides are currently facing a fresh five-count terrorism charge, which the Department of State Services, DSS, preferred against them in the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CR/305/2021.
The charges preferred against the duo include: being in possession of prohibited firearms for terrorism related activities; promotion of acts of terrorism using Facebook page; conspiracy to commit acts of terrorism; possession of amunitions without lawful authority, etc. contrary to section 1(3) (c) (v) of the Terrorism Prevention Act CAP 10, 2011 and punishable under section 1(2) of the Terrorism Prevention (amendment) Act 2013.
When the case came up today for the arraignment of the defendants, their lawyer, Barr. Pelumi Olajengbensi told the court that his clients do not understand English Language.
However, the efforts by the court to secure the service of a Yoruba interpreter proved abortive. This situation made the presiding Judge, Justice Obiora Egwuatu, to adjourn the matter till January 24, 2022.
Recall that on September 8, 2021, the DSS had, through its lawyer, Barr. I. Awo, informed the court that a gang of mobile armed robbers popularly known as “One chance” operators hijacked its case file on a fundamental rights enforcement suit, which Sunday Igboho’s aides filed to challenge their arrest and continuous detention.
On the strength of the fundamental right suit, the court had granted bail to all the 12 detainees.