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Oyo court extends interim order restraining arrest of Igboho, others

By Rotimi Agboluaje, Ibadan
08 September 2021   |   4:13 am
The Oyo State High Court has ordered the extension of the injunction restraining the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, the Department of State Services...

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Adjourns case till September 17

The Oyo State High Court has ordered the extension of the injunction restraining the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, the Department of State Services (DSS), their agents or privies from arresting Sunday Igboho till September 17, 2021.

Justice Ladiran Akintola extended the order yesterday, during the hearing of the fundamental human rights suit filed by Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly called Sunday Igboho.

At the resumption of proceedings, counsel to the AGF, Abdulahi Abubakar, urged the court to set aside the August 4, 2021 injunction restraining the first defendant, AGF.

He said his motion was based on four grounds supported with a five-paragraph affidavit in response to counter-affidavit. He, therefore, implored the court to disregard the counter-affidavit and written address as well as setting aside subsequent extension of the interim injunction order filed by the applicant.

But counsel to Igboho, Chief Yomi Alliyu (SAN), said the file was a counter-affidavit and written address filed on August 24, 2021, and that he is adopting and relying on the written the counter-affidavit.

Alliyu argued that the application filed by counsel to the AGF was not properly filed before the court as it was brought outside the seven days stipulated by Order 4 Rule 6 of the Fundamental Human Rights Procedure Rule 2009.

He stated that their reply on point of law was an admission that they were not within time, adding that as at present, there was no motion for the extension of time by them. He said the court was not a Father Christmas and that the oral application could not replace the process mandated by rules of the court.

Counsel to the DSS, T.A. Nurudeen, insisted on his opposition to the originating summons dated August 9, 2021, and prayed the court to dismiss the application of the applicant.

Nurudeen, who had earlier presented some video clips as evidence to show some outburst of Sunday Adeyemo Igboho on the need for a Yoruba Nation, prayed the court to dismiss the application filed by the applicant.

Responding to the video clips submitted by the DSS, Alliyu said the language used was not known to the court.