Lawyer Speaks On Why Sowore Has Not Been Release Despite Court Ruling
Lawyer Speaks On Why Sowore Has Not Been Release Despite Court Ruling(image courtesy: SaharaReporters Media)

The Department of State Services (DSS) has denied refusing to obey court order which granted the release of the convener of #Revolutionnow protest, Omoyele Sowore.

Spokesman for the security agency, Peter Afunanya, said counsel to  Sowore had not yet perfected the conditions for his release.

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Afunanya added that the service remains a law-abiding agency and committed to the rule of law.

But Femi Falana, who is the lawyer to Sowore, had on Wednesday said that despite fulfilling the bail conditions of his client since morning, the DSS had not released his client.

Falana explained that no reason had been given by the agency for its failure to comply with the court order delivered on Tuesday, September 24, 2019.

The SAN said the court had asked his client to deposit his passports with the court which has been done and that for the past three days he has been at the DSS office for hours to effect the release of his client which the court ordered should be released to him.

The human rights activist wondered what other conditions the DSS was demanding to be met.

Meanwhile, Sowore has filed a contempt suit against the Director-General of the DSS, Yusuf Bichi, for allegedly disobeying a court order granting him bail.

In the bid to enforce the release order, the detained politician and publisher filed form 48 against the DSS boss seeking his committal to jail unless he gives effect to the order of the court.

The form 48, otherwise known as contempt of court, was filed at the Federal High Court pursuant to order ix, rule 1-3 of the judgment enforcement rules, section 72 of the Sheriff and Civil Process Act 2004 and under the inherent jurisdiction of the court.

The notice read in part: “Take notice that unless you obey the direction contained in the order of the Federal High Court of Justice, Abuja, delivered on September 24, 2019, which ordered you to release the applicant in suit number FHC/ABJ/CS/915/2019 forthwith, you will be guilty of contempt of court and will be liable to be committed to prison”.

“A copy of the said order of court earlier served on you is hereby annexed for your on-the-spot reference.

“This court has been informed that even as at today Thursday, September 26, 2019, 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.

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