Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams, on Friday condemned the Department of State Services’ failure to present all the 12 aides of Yoruba nation agitator, Chief Sunday Adeyemo (Sunday Igboho) before the Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday.
Twelve of Igboho’s aides were arrested on July 1, during the nocturnal raid of his Soka residence in Ibadan by security operatives.
But the DSS on Thursday claimed it had only three of the aides in its custody as against the initial 12 reported in the media.
Aare Adams, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Mr. Kehinde Aderemi, said the conduct of the secret police truly showed a complete affront on human rights.
He wondered why it has taken the DSS so much time to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident where two of Igboho’s aides were killed.
The Yoruba generalisimo insisted that the DSS had exhibited pure neglect and arrogance capable of discrediting the image of the secret police.
Adams said, “Our constitution is clear about the rights of every citizen, that anybody arrested must be taken to court latest 24 hours after his arrest, and such rights must be protected under the law.
“It is sad and most unfortunate that the DSS has arrogated to itself covert power that usually reminds us of the inglorious years of the military where citizens’ rights had no basis in their law.
“The DSS’s failure to present Igboho’s aides in court for the second time is a flagrant display of lawlessness and gross injustice.”
He urged the DSS to be transparent in the discharge of its responsibility, adding that the case against Igboho is sensitive in nature, and that the secret police as an institution cannot claim to be above the law.