The Department of State Services (DSS) has filed terrorism charges against two aides of Yoruba nation agitator, Sunday Igboho, at the Federal High Court, Abuja.
The aides – Jamiu Noah Oyetunji and Amudat Habibat Babatunde – are among ten others arrested by the DSS during a raid on Igboho’s residence on July 1, 2021.
The aides had already filed a fundamental human rights application against the DSS, in which they accused the state service of harassing Noah, Habibat and 10 others who were arrested and detained for several weeks.
But the applicants’ case could not proceed on Wednesday because the DSS lawyer, I. Awo, told Justice Obiora Egwatu that the case file which included a counter affidavit was stolen by armed robbers.
Prior to the bail granted them by a vacation judge of the Federal High Court on August 4, one of the issues raised against the security agency was that they kept the detainees for so long and without any charge instituted against them in court.
Our correspondent learnt that the terrorism charges against Babatunde and Noah constituted part of the documents contained in the DSS counter affidavit that was stolen.
The charge partly reads: “That you Jamiu Noah OYETUNJI, Amudat Habibat BABATUNDE, Adults with others still at large, on or about the 1st day of July, 2021, at the residence of one Sunday Adeniyi ADEYEMO (aka Sunday IGBOHO), located at Soka area of Ibadan, Oyo State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did conspire to commits acts of terrorism, to wits possession of prohibited fire arms: contrary to Section 17 of Terrorism (Prevention) (Amendment) Act, 2013 and punishable under the same Section of the Act.
“That you Jamiu Noah OYETUNJI, Amudat Habibat BABATUNDE, adults with others still at large, on or about the day of July, 2021, at the residence of Sunday Adeniyi ADEYEMO (aka Sunday IGB0H0) located at Soka area of Ibadan, Oyo State within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court did had in your possession, without lawful authority, the under listed prohibited fire arms:
“i. Five (5) AK 47 rifles with serial numbers 04956, 213740, 8673, 945999 and 6139 respectively;
“ii. Two (2) AK 47 rifles which serial numbers could not be identified;
“iii. Two (2) pump action rifle with serial numbers 8836 and 9398 respectively;
“iv. One (1) pump action which serial number could not be identified; and One (1) stun gun.
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.”