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)

Omoyele Sowore’s lawyer, Femi Falana, has said that a statement by the Department of State Service (DSS) concerning the release of his client is totally misleading.

The security agency had said that it had received a court order to release the convener of the Revolution Now protest but nobody had turned up at the Service’s office to take delivery of him.

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Concise News understands that a Federal High Court had on Wednesday, November 6, ordered the release of Sowore and co-defendant, Olawale Bakar, following an application for their bail.

But the DSS failed to comply with the order, claiming that it had yet to receive it.

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

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.

“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,” it added.

“This becomes imperative for reasons of accountability.”

But Falana said that the DSS, also known as the State Security Service, had yet again failed to release his clients to the lawyers who waited in vain in the agency’s headquarters for up to four hours on Friday.

“On 6/11/19 the bailiff of the federal high court wanted to serve the reproduction warrants issued by the court on the Director-General of the State Security Service (SSS),” a statement from Falana read.

“But the SSS asked the Bailiff to call back at 10.00 am on 7/11/19. The bailiff did and was able to serve the reproduction warrants on the DG of the SSS.

“Upon acknowledging the service of the reproduction warrants the SSS assured the bailliff and 5 lawyers from the defence team that our clients would be released yesterday. But the SSS decided not to release our clients to our lawyers who waited in vain in the agency’s headquarters for not less than 4 hours.

“When Sowore said that he would not make a statement without first consulting with me the SSS management called me on phone on 6/8/19.

“Assuming the SSS had wanted to release our clients since yesterday the management would have contacted me.

“It is pertinent to point out that the meaning of reproduction warrant issued by a trial court is that the defendants be produced for the purpose of releasing them having met their bail conditions.

“In the instant case, the Federal High Court did not order the SSS to hand over Messrs Sowore and Bakare to any person but to produce them for the purpose of releasing them having met the suffocating bail conditions imposed on them by the trial court.

“Even though the SSS disobeyed the order of the Honourable Justice Taiwo for the release of Mr Sowore on 24/9/19 it has turned round to announce its readiness to comply with the order of the Honourable Justice Ifeoma Ojukwu for the release of Sowore and Bakare from illegal custody.”

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.