Stop laying claims to Igboho’s court victory, counsel warns groups, individuals
Says No Group Contributed Kobo For Client’s Victory
Chief Yomi Alliyu (SAN), the counsel to the Yoruba Nation agitator, Chief Sunday Adeyemo, popularly called Sunday ‘Igboho,’ yesterday, warned groups and individuals, who are laying claims to the victory obtained in courts in respect of his client, to desist from such. It would be recalled that an Oyo State High Court sitting in Ibadan and presided over by Justice Ladiran Akintola had restrained the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami and the Department of State Services (DSS) from arresting, intimidating and blocking accounts of Igboho and his aides. The same day, Igboho’s aides, arrested on July 1, 2021 in Ibadan, were granted bail in Abuja.
Chief Alliyu, in a statement made available to journalists in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, however, expressed surprise that some groups and individuals that did not contribute a kobo to the litigations are claiming to be sponsors of the suits.
Alliyu said: “It has come to our notice that various groups and individuals that have nothing to do with the case filed by Chief Sunday Adeyemo a.k.a Igboho Oosa have been laying claims to sponsoring the suits and/or criticising decisions of court thereon.
“We want to be quick to say that, as at today, no group and/or individual has contributed a kobo to the two cases going on in Nigeria to wit, his aides case in Abuja and the Ibadan matter. Peanuts offered by some very loud groups were turned down on my client’s instructions.
“He has been carrying his cross alone, with no assistance from home or abroad! People should be brave to challenge any individual and/or group asking them for money on bail on his behalf or those of his aides. “Bail is free in all courts in Nigeria and as such, neither Igboho nor his aides need assistance on bail. Our client is willing and able to prosecute his matters to logical conclusions without peanuts being offered by those claiming to be involved in his struggle.”
The counsel also cautioned those criticising the bail conditions given to Igboho’s aides in Abuja, saying the judge has the right to exercise discretion on bail conditions.
He said: “… The sagacity and bravery of the Judiciary should be commended in this season of anomy, where security outfits, especially DSS, are lords unto themselves, with no respect for the rule of law and or institution for same. We should not forget so soon the invasion of judges’ homes in what they tagged “sting operations” to embarrass not the judges concerned, but to cow the institution into total submission and oblivion. This is why every democrat and believers in the rule of law should give loud ovations to Igweatu J. of the Federal High Court, Abuja and Diran Akintola J. of Oyo State High Court. Today is definitely history tomorrow…
“We must, however, put on record efforts by “Oodua Nation Group” to stand as sureties for their members and all others granted bail by the Federal High Court, Abuja.”
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