Court restrains AGF, DSS from arresting Igboho, blocking bank accounts

Justice Ladiran Akintola of the Oyo State High Court sitting at Ring Road in Ibadan, on Wednesday, granted an exparte motion restraining the Directorate of State Services (DSS) and the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) from arresting, intimidating, harassing and blocking bank accounts of Chief Sunday Adeyemo (aka Sunday Igboho).

Justice Ladiran Akintola gave the order on Wednesday after listening to the motion ex-parte filed by Igboho’s counsel, Mr Yomi Alliyu.

The motion is an offshoot of the originating motion seeking N500 billion damages for invasion of his house in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital on July 1 earlier filed before the court.

Alliyu expressed confidence that the AGF Abubakar Malami (SAN) will not disobey the court order, stressing that it was given directly against his office.

Alliyu had moved the motion ex-parte, urging the court to grant his application.

Other respondents in the suit were the Director of State Services, Oyo State and the AGF.

None of the respondents was in court or represented by counsel.

Delivering his ruling, Akintola said that he was satisfied with the explanation provided by the applicant’s counsel, evidencing the urgent need to grant the application.

The judge ordered and restrained the respondents, their agents or any other security agents acting on their behalf from killing, arresting, detaining or harassing Igboho.

Akintola also restrained the respondents from interfering with the applicant’s fundamental rights to life, personal liberty, freedom of movement and enjoyment of his property without fear of an invasion of his home.

The judge further ordered the respondents from blocking the account of the applicant in any bank or placing no debit on it and to lift the same where they had so acted, pending the hearing and determination of the suit.

He, however, adjourned the case till August 18 for a hearing of the originating summons.

Alliyu had informed the court that the life of his client was being threatened after the invasion of his house on July 1 by DSS officials.

The counsel informed the court that his client’s property was damaged and one of the occupants killed by the security agents during the invasion.

He tendered exhibits and a written address to support his motion.

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