By Dayo Johnson
OPERATIVES of the State Security Service, SSS, in Ondo State, weekend, quizzed one of the lawyers who represented Ondo state governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko , during the Election Petition Tribunal over a year ago, Mr. Aderemi Olatubora, over the security reports tendered as exhibit at the tribunal.
Olatubora was quizzed after he was invited to the SSS office
Narrating his ordeal to newsmen, Olatubora said on getting to the SSS office, he was rendered incommunicado as his mobile phones were taken from him.
He pointed out that the interrogators, led by Mohammed Garba, demanded from him the source of the security reports that were tendered at the Election Petition Tribunal.
He, however, said he was not in the position to know where the litigant got his SSS reports from, but said it was parts of the exhibits tendered at the Tribunal.
Olatubora said he told the interrogators that he was not the lead counsel of Mimikoâ€™s legal team and could not have known where the security reports emanated from but they were genuine.
According to him, they asked him if Dr. Olusegun Mimiko was the source of the reports, but answered them in the negative, saying the governor went underground immediately after the election for security reasons.
The opposition party in the state had alleged that the security reports tendered by the counsel of Mimiko during the course of the litigation were either forged or fake.
Olatubora said he told them that the security report â€œmust have come from a Good Samaritan within the organisation or during the collation of exhibits by the party.
According to him,Â his interrogators asked him if it was Governor Mimiko that got the report but he denied, saying the governor went underground immediately after the election for security reasons and was not part of the people that prepared the petition.
He added that he told them that â€œit was unethical for counsel to divulge the source of his evidence.”