Says case sensitive, secret police can't claim to be above the law
Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yoruba land, Iba Gani Adams, has flayed the Department of State Services (DSS) over its failure to present all the 12 aides of Yoruba Nation agitator, Chief Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho before the Federal High Court in Abuja, on Thursday.
Igboho’s aides were arrested on July 1, 2021, during the nocturnal raid of his Soka residence in Ibadan by the DSS, but the agency, on Thursday, said it had only three of the aides in custody as against the initial 12 reported in the media.
Aare Adams made the condemnation, on Friday, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Mr Kehinde Aderemi, saying the conduct of the secret police truly showed a complete affront on human rights.
The Yoruba generalissimo wondered why it had taken the DSS so much time to investigate the circumstances surrounding the ugly incident where two of Igboho’s aides were allegedly killed, maintained that the secret police had exhibited pure neglect and arrogance capable of discrediting its image.
According to him, the 1999 Constitution is clear about the rights of every citizen specifying that anybody arrested must be taken to court at latest 24 hours after arrest while such a person’s rights must be protected under the law, saying it was sad and most unfortunate that the DSS had arrogated to itself covert power that usually reminded Nigerians of the inglorious years of the military where citizens rights were jettisoned.
Iba Adams declared that the failure of DSS to present Igboho’s aides in court for the second time was a flagrant display of lawlessness and gross injustice, wondering why the security police were finding it too difficult to allow the constitution to take its course as it happened in other countries.
“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 had arrogated to itself covert power that usually reminds us of the inglorious years of the military where citizens rights have no basis in their law,” he said.
“Therefore, the DSS failure to present Igboho’s aides in court for the second time was a flagrant display of lawlessness and gross injustice. Ideally, it is only the president and the vice president of the country that have that immunity as provided by our constitution. So why is the DSS finding it too difficult to allow the constitution to take its course as it is done in other climes?” he queried.
Adams, however, urged the DSS to be transparent in the discharge of its responsibility, adding that the case against Igboho was so sensitive in nature that the secret police as an institution could not claim to be above the law.