The Department of the Security Services on Tuesday barred journalists from covering the proceedings of the case between the Department of Security Services, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, and the Yoruba Nation agitator, Chief Sunday Adeyemo, popularly called Sunday Igboho, at the Oyo State High Court in Ibadan.
They, however, allowed journalists’ entry 20 minutes after the proceeding had started.
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Igboho’s house was invaded by the DSS operatives on July 1, where property were destroyed and two people were killed.
Also, 12 of his aides were arrested and detained in Abuja.
But Igboho lawyer, Yomi Alliyu, challenged the DSS at the court for their unlawful activities, demanding N50million compensation for the victim.
SaharaReporters observed at the court around 8.45am that the entrance was highly militarised by DSS and other security agencies.
Arriving court 7 where the case is taking place, two DSS officers manned the entrance; a senior officer in DSS T shirt approached the journalists and asked them to take permission from the deputy registrar before entering the court.
The DSS said the registrar had informed him that nobody should be allowed to gain entrance to the court, except she authorised such individual.
“I have been directed not to allow you enter the court. Get clearance from the deputy registrar before going into the court,” he said.
SaharaReporters had reported that Justice Ladiran Akintola on August 31 adjourned the case till September 7 for hearing.
SaharaReporters, New York