DSS refuses to release Sowore, blames it on Falana

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According to a correspondent of Punch News, the Department of State Services has said that the publisher of Sahara Reporters and convener of #RevolitionNow Protest, Omoyele Sowore, was still in custody because his legal team failed to serve it with a copy of the court order granting him bail.

This was disclosed to Punch by the Spokesperson of the DSS, Dr Peter Afunnaya, over a telephone interview in Abuja, on Thursday.

According to him, the DSS is a law-abiding agency and gives the highest regard for the laws of the land and would not do anything to undermine law and order.

Afunnaya said,

“We have not received the court order. And his (Sowore’s) counsel is a very senior member of the bar and he knows the process to follow; this process has not been followed.”

Falana in a notice to the court regarding the failure of DSS to release Sowore on the Order of Court said, he has informed the court that failure to release Sowore by the Director General of the DSS, Yusuf Bichi would amount to contempt of court.

The notice entitled,  ‘Notice of consequences of disobedience to order of court’ read: “Take notice that unless you obey the direction contained in the order of the Federal High Court of Justice Abuja delivered on 24 September, 2019, which ordered you to release the applicant in suit no: FHC/ABJ/CS/915/2019 forthwith, you will be guilty of contempt of court and will be liable to be committed to prison.

“This court has been informed that even as at today, Thursday the 26th of September, you are yet to comply with the lawful order of the Federal High Court by refusing to release the applicant namely: Omoyele Sowore, in your custody.

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“You are hereby directed to comply with the court order forthwith or you will be guilty of contempt of court.”

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