De Raufs’ Volunteer Group, yesterday, formally applied to stand as surety for 13-year-old Daniel Oikhena, who was arrested after emerging miraculously from the wheel compartment of an Arik Air flight from Benin Airport to Lagos on August 24.
Master Oikhena, who had since been kept in custody of the Department of State Services, DSS, had outrun the security personnel at the Benin Airport to board the flight to Lagos.
De Raufs’, a group extolling the leadership qualities of Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, had offered Master Oikhena scholarship up to university level to help him realise his dream of traveling by air legitimately.
Director General of the group, Amitolu Shittu, who confirmed the development yesterday, disclosed that a team of lawyers of the group led by Yinka Muyiwa and Nafiu Adeniyi were at the Shangisha office of SSS to apply for administrative bail for Master Oikhena.
He said: “As you are aware, we have offered the boy scholarship up to university level and we want to follow that up first with his release from custody. The boy has been kept in custody beyond the constitutionally approved period and we are keen to secure his release so that we can fully concentrate on his education,” Shittu explained.
When asked what transpired at the SSS office, Shittu said: “Yes, the SSS officials told our lawyers that the boy was not detained but merely delayed for security reasons and we want to believe them. They are asking that the mother of the boy should come for him and that he would be released Monday.
“On our part, the Lagos State Coordinator of De Raufs’ has been asked to make necessary accommodation arrangements for the boy and his mother, but should they fail to release him as promised, we will be compelled to proceed to court to seek his immediate release,” Shittu threatened.