Pelumi Olajengbesi, lawyer to the detained aides of Sunday Adeyemo, better known as Sunday Igboho, has called on Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, to intercede with President Muhammadu Buhari to free the detainees.
The call is coming on the heels of Oba Ogunwusi’s interview in which he said Yoruba nation agitators are seeking for fairness and justice adding that they are bothered by the growing insecurity in Southwest.
Olajengbesi made the request in a letter to the monarch urging him to use his good office to get Igboho’s aides released.
The letter reads in part: “We are well advised of your strong socio-political campaign for the welfare and wellness of your people and your uncommon commitment to fair play, natural justice and equity. Your ascension to the throne was greeted with expressions of hope and gratitude owing to your steadfast leadership style and reliability as king, father and the protector of your people.
“All of this will now be called to question if you remain silent in a crucial time like this without demanding to know the whereabouts of a Yoruba child or daughter, given the fact that they are now being held unlawfully and unjustly.
“It is, therefore, in your capacity as King, Father and Protector that we make this deferential request in the hopes that you may kindly stand in the gap for your subjects who have gained their freedom on paper but continue to be incarcerated on a whim by the State Security Service.
“If protecting your subjects is one of the essential powers of your office, we do make bold most respectfully to state that this is an opportune time to give impetus to your role as the leader of your people. We therefore call on you to speak to President Muhammadu Buhari to let your unlawfully detained people go.”
Recall that the Department of State Service, DSS, are holding on to four of Igboho’s aides facing prosecution, a position against the order of the court, which freed all the twelve persons arrested by the secret police during the invasion of the secessionist leader’s Ibadan residence.