The Department of State Services (DSS) on Wednesday told the Federal High Court, Abuja that some criminal elements known as “one chance” stole its case file of aides of Yoruba Nation agitator Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho.
The DSS said the case file, which was stolen from a member of its legal team, contained the fundamental rights enforcement suit filed by Sunday Igboho’s 12 associates.
Counsel to DSS Idowu Awo said the “one chance” thieves snatched the case-file from his colleague who unknowingly boarded their vehicle.
The 12 associates instituted the rights enforcement suit against the DSS for parading them in the media as common criminals.
In the suit, the aides are seeking a declaration of court that their detention beyond 48 hours and their media parade without a court conviction constituted a breach on their fundamental rights.
They are also seeking an order of perpetual injunction restraining the DSS from interfering with their personal liberty and freedom of expression.
The associates also prayed the court to order the DSS to pay them N100 million for aggravated and exemplary damages, for what they described as a serial breach of their constitutional rights.
Counsel to the associates, Timilehin Odunwo, told newsmen that his clients were also asking for an order restraining the DSS from any further harassment.
Justice Obiora Egwuatu, however, ruled that the case file be returned to the registry for reassignment to a regular court.
The 12 associates of Sunday Igboho were arrested when the DSS raided the agitator’s residence in Oyo on July 1.