The 12 detained aides of Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, are likely to regain their freedom today.
According to their lawyer, Pelumi Olajengbesi, the detainees have met all their bail conditions and are waiting for their release warrant to be signed by a judge of the Federal High Court in Abuja.
Olajengbesi revealed that his clients have been in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) for about 50 days.
He noted that he was at the bail office of the court on Tuesday to get the release warrant of his clients signed, but was told that the presiding judge, Justice Obiora Egwuatu, had travelled out of the country.
Speaking with The PUNCH on Tuesday, Olajengbesi said Justice Egwuatu was supposed to sign the release warrant of his clients after meeting their bail conditions.
The lawyer said the court had asked each of the 12 detainees to get two sureties, making it a total of 24 sureties.
He said his clients had secured the sureties last week, but the bail office of the court said it needed to write letters to the offices of the 24 sureties to get more confirmation.
Olajengbesi, however, disclosed that the confirmation of the sureties had been completed, adding that there is no reason to still detain his clients.
“We have met all the bail conditions and the deputy registrar at the bail office has signed a memo to that effect. However, I was told by the bail office that the judge that will sign their release order has travelled out urgently for a seminar and will not return till next week.
“We think that these events are happening coincidentally which is affecting us essentially. Usually, when a particular judge who is supposed to sign a release warrant is not on the ground, another judge can sign a release warrant because it has to do with the liberty of citizens.
“We have made efforts to reach out to another judge today and the judge gave us an appointment for tomorrow. We are hopeful that the judge will sign it. We do not think that it is a ploy to frustrate us,” he said.