DSS Invades Court, Arrests Defendants Despite Judge’s Warning

Operatives of the Depart­ment of State Services (DSS) invaded a state High Court sitting in Ilaro, Ogun State, arresting two defen­dants.

It was learnt that the development has generat­ed outrage.

The defendants, Alhaji Isiaka Fatai and Samuel Oyero, were on trial in a suit marked HCP/IC/2023 between the State vs Awode Oladosu & 13 others.

The court was presided over by Justice A.A. Sho­bayo.

The case bordered on an allegation of arson report­ed by one Chief Akeem Adi­gun (aka Socopao) against Alhaji Isiaka Fatai, Oyero and 12 others.

Agosasa community in Ipokia Local Government Area of the state was re­cently enmeshed in crisis, with property worth bil­lions of naira destroyed and one life lost over an Obaship tussle in the town.

But there was pande­monium when operatives of DSS stormed the court premises and took away the suspects.

Counsel to Alhaji Isiaka, Kehinde Bamiwola, in a statement, alleged that men of the DSS operatives used weapons on the two, stress­ing that “Alhaji Isiaka Fa­tai was beaten, slapped, man-handled, rough-han­dled and molested.”

The Principal Registrar of the High Court and Sec­tional Head of High Court, Ilaro, Comrade Omololu Olusanya, who confirmed the incident, described it as shocking and disrespectful to the rule of law.

He noted that even af­ter the judge had ordered the operatives not to make any arrest within the court premises, they still proceed­ed to arrest the two persons.

“They still went ahead and did the act to the ex­tent that they assaulted one of our staff mem­bers, Mrs. Fadina, while doing that act. It’s a very sad issue that caused a lot of noise within the court premises.

“It was from the source that we heard they were DSS agents. If anybody sees them, one would think they were armed robbers.

“They did not wear any­thing that identified them as DSS, but they came to my lord this morning and said they had some people to arrest. That was when we knew they were DSS officers.

“They approached the judge before the court ses­sion began. The honorable judge advised them that if they wanted to make an arrest, it must not be done within the court premises.

“They could stay outside and do whatever they want­ed, but they refused that advice and carried out the arrest within the premis­es.” he said.


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