Aareonakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Abiodun Adams on Friday condemned the failure of the Department of State Service (DSS) to present the 12 aides of Yoruba nation agitator, Chief Sunday Adeyemo Igboho before the Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday.
Igboho’s aides were arrested on July 1,during the nocturnal raid of his Soka residence in Ibadan.
But the DSS on Thursday said it had only three of the aides in 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.
Wondering why it has taken the DSS so much time to investigate the circumstances surrounding the ugly incident where two of Igboho’s aides were allegedly killed, the Yoruba generalisimo insisted that the DSS had exhibited pure neglect and arrogance that was capable of discrediting the image of the secret police
“Our constitution is clear about the rights of every citizen that anybody arrested must be taken to court within 48 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.
“Therefore, the DSS failure to present Igboho’s aides in court for the second time was a flagrant display of lawlessness and gross injustice. So the question is, why is the DSS finding it too difficult to allow the constitution to take its course as it is done in other climes?”
Adams urged the DSS to be transparent in the discharge of its responsibilities, adding that the case against Igboho was a sensitive one and that the secret police as an institution could not claim to be above the law.