Attorney General of Nigeria Files Petition against Court Order Restraining Sunday Igboho Arrest

Attorney General of Nigeria files fresh petition against Court Order restraining Sunday Igboho arrest.

The Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, on Wednesday filed a petition before an Oyo State High Court asking to withdraw the order stopping the arrest and freezing the accounts of Sunday Adeyemi, a.k.a , Sunday Igboho.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the court had on August 4 consented an ex parte application by Igboho, preventing the Department of State Services (DSS) and the AGF from arresting, coercing and freezing Igboho’s bank account.

Igboho’s counsel, Mr Yomi Aliyu, SAN, had notified the court that his client’s life was being endangered after the raid of his house by the DSS on July 1, where property was wrecked and an occupant killed.

At the resumed hearing of the suit, AGF’s solicitor, Mr Abdullah Abubakar, informed the court he filed an introductory objection on the matter.

Abubakar said that he could not move the petition now because he filed the introductory objection and other processes in the matter out of time and urged the court to grant him an extension of time.

He said that the delay in filing his processes, was not intentional but due to the fact he was not enlightened on the matter at the appropriate time.

The counsel to DSS, Mr T.A. Nurudeen, informed the court that he has reacted to the procedures served on him by the applicant’s counsel.

In his response, the applicant’s counsel, Aliyu, said the processes filed by the AGF were ineffective, adding that the respondent has surpass the five days prescribed by the law to react after the received of the originating summon.

He instructed the court not to grant the application, adding that time was of importance in a fundamental human Rights suit.

Justice Ladiran Akintola consented the application for extension of time and rewarded N50,000 against the respondent.

Akintola said that the order restricted the respondents from apprehending, intimidating and freezing Igboho’s account still subsist until it is vacated by the court.

He adjourned the case until August 30 for the hearing in the application.

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