Family begs SSS to release suspected Avengers’ member



In June 2016, Christian Oluba was arrested in Adeje Town, Delta State, by operatives of the State Security Service (SSS) while visiting his colleague named Ebi.

Oluba, 40, a welder, who is married with three children, was taken to Abuja where he has been detained allegedly in connection with the illegal activities of the Niger Delta Avengers group.

He has been in the custody of the Department of Security Service (DSS) for over six months without being granted administrative bail or charged to court for any offence.

The Guardian learnt Oluba has been languishing in the cell of the DSS in Abuja without having access to his family and lawyers, despite a letter to the Director General of the State Security Service on the subject.

The development compelled a Delta State-based human rights body, Centre for the Vulnerable and the Underprivileged (CENTREP) to institute a court proceeding against the Director-General of the State Security Service on November 11, 2016, at the High Court of Delta State, Otor-Udu with Suit No: OUHC/160/2016.

The case was to secure the release and the enforcement of Oluba’s fundamental rights under Sections 34, 35(1) and 37.

On December 21, 2016, the court presided over by Justice C. E. Achilefu (Mrs.), pursuant to the motion for the bail of the suspect brought by his counsel, Oghenejabor Ikimi, granted Oluba bail but the SSS has refused to heed the court’s order to release the suspect.

The counsel of the suspect, Ikimi, and Oluba’s family have urged the State Security Service to comply with the court order and release Oluba.

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