Move by policemen attached to the Lagos State Criminal Investigation Department, caused mild drama at the Yaba Magistrate1 Court in the state on Monday when the policemen filed an application seeking to remand #EndSARS protester, Eromosele Adene, for another 30 days.
Eromosele was arrested by the policemen last week in Ikeja and taken to the police command headquarters and again transferred to the Area F Command before detaining him at the SCID, Panti.
It was gathered that he was last Monday flown to Abuja and detained for seven days before being taken back to Lagos on Sunday.
It was learnt that, rather than charge Eromosele, the policemen secretly approached a Magistrate, O.A Salau, without the consent of his lawyer and applied for a remand order to detain him for another 30 days.
Lawyer to Eromosele’s, Mr. Tunde Jinadu, who was said to have gone to the SCID, was told by policemen that his client was no longer in custody.
Concerned persons however informed Jinadu about the move by the police to secretly secure a remand order.
The lawyer who spoke with the PUNCH, said, “We were not served. We were not called that he was being brought to SCID. An ACP told me they didn’t know where he was. This sharp practice of the police needs to stop. They just wanted to shut us out. That was how they flew him to Abuja last week without my knowledge.
“Luckily, some good people informed me that he (Eromosele) had been taken to a magistrate court. Thank God I have a car. I was able to quickly arrive at the court.”
According to the report, on arrival at the court, the policemen were said to have been shocked and wondered how the lawyer was able to get information on what was happening.
“The police asked the magistrate for an order to remand him for 30 days despite the fact that he had already spent 12 days in their custody.
“We tendered a medical report from Eko Hospital as regards the liver complication and immune system and we made an oral application for bail. And we notified the magistrate that he (Eromosele) had been moved from one detention facility to the other and one state to the other,” the lawyer added.
The Magistrate subsequently fixed Tuesday for ruling.