The lack of Yoruba interpreter at the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, Federal Capital Territory(FCT) on Monday caused setback for the trial of two associates of Sunday Adeyemo, popularly called Sunday Igboho.
Penpushing reports that, the associates which include Jamiu Oyetunji and Amudat Babatunde were arrested along with 10 others during a raid by State Security Service (SSS) operatives on Igboho’s home in Ibadan, Oyo State Capital on July 1, 2021.
The associates were arraigned in court on a fresh charge marked FHC/ABJ/CR/305/2021, on charge relating to possession of firearms and terrorism-related activities, while their lawyer, Barrister Pelumi Olajengbensi at Monday’s proceedings told the court that the defendants did not understand English language.
“That you Jamiu Noah Oyetunji, Amudat Habibat Babatunade, adults, with others still at large, on or about the 1st day of July, 2021, at the residence of one Sunday Adeniyi Adeyemo (aka Sunday Igboho), located at Soka area of Ibadan, Oyo State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did conspire to commit acts of terrorism, to wits possession of prohibited fire arms: contrary to Section 17 of Terrorism (Prevention) (Amendment) Act, 2013 and punishable under the same Section of the Act’, the charge reads
“That you Jamiu Noah Oyetunji, Amudat Habibat Babatunade, adults with others still at large, on or about the 1st day of July, 2021, at the residence of Sunday Adeniyi Adeyemo (aka Sunday Igboho) located at Soka area of Ibadan, Oyo State, within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court, did had in your possession, without lawful authority, the under listed prohibited fire arms’:
‘Five (5) AK 47 rifles with serial numbers 04956, 213740, 8673, 945999 and 6139 respectively,Two (2) AK 47 rifles which serial numbers could not be identified; Two (2) pump action rifle with serial numbers 8836 and 9398 respectively; One (1) pump action which serial number could not be identified; and One (1) stun gun’, .
“Contrary to Section 1(3)(c)(v) of the Terrorism Prevention Act CAP 10, 2011 and punishable under Section 1(2) of the Terrorism Prevention (Amendment) act 2013”, the charge emphasised further
Penpushing further reports following this development, the trial judge, Justice Obiora Egwuatu, adjourned the arraignment of the duo till January 24, 2022, just as it is also recalled that, Igboho, a Yoruba nation secessionist, as at the time of filing this report is being held in Cotonou, Benin Republic, following the Nigerian government’s efforts to get him extradited to the country for his secessionist activities.
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