DSS Provides Fresh Update On Continued Sowore Detention
Convener of #RevolutionNow, Omoyele Sowore, during his arraignment at the Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday (30/9/19). (image courtesy: Johnson Udeani/BJO/NAN)

Nigeria’s Department of State Services (DSS) has said that it has received a court order asking it to release the convener of Revolution Now protest, Omoyele Sowore, but nobody has turned up at the Service’s office to take delivery of him.

Concise News reports that spokesman for the DSS, Dr Peter Afunanya, confirmed this in a statement on Friday, noting that the court had been properly briefed.

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“The Department of State Services (DSS) wishes to confirm that it has received the Court Order for the release of Omoyele Sowore,” the statement read.

“It is important that the public notes that since the receipt of the Order, no person has turned up at the DSS to take delivery of him.

“This becomes imperative for reasons of accountability.

“However, the Court has been properly briefed on this development and the steps being taken to ensure compliance with its Order.

“The Service, under the leadership of Yusuf Magaji Bichi (fwc), as the Director-General, is not a lawless organization and will never obstruct justice or disobey Court Orders.

“It, therefore, affirms that it will do all that is needful once the appropriate processes have been concluded.”

The DSS released the statement hours after Sowore’s lawyer and human rights activist, Femi Falana, vowed to return to court over the continued detention of his client by the security agency.

He described the action of the Service as utter contempt of court and pledged to seek legal measures against the agency to force it to comply with the bail order.

Sowore and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare, who are standing trial for alleged treasonable felony, have yet to regain freedom since a Federal High Court in Abuja ordered their release last month.

Concise News had reported that Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu had on October 4 granted bail to Sowore to the tune of N100 million and two sureties in like sum.

Sowore was arrested for organising the RevolutionNow protest, which the DSS referred to as a treasonable offence.

But Sowore and Bakare pleaded not guilty to all the charges against them.

The President Muhammadu Buhari administration had filed seven counts bordering on treasonable felony and money laundering against Sowore.