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DSS Confirms Receipt Of Court Order To Release Sowore

Posted by: On November 7, 2019 || Categories: News


For the second time in about one month on Thursday, the Department of
State Services failed to obey a court order directing the release of
pro-democracy activist and Publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele
Sowore.

The agency, which was on Thursday morning served with the
latest ruling of a Federal High Court, Abuja, by the court’s bailiff
and lawyers to Sowore, acknowledged receipt of the document but refused
to obey the directive.

As at the time of filing this report,
there was no indication that the agency was ready to honour the court
order and release Sowore and Olawale Bakare widely known as Mandate, who
had been detained in their custody since August 3 and 5, 2019
respectively.

In a precursor to Thursday’s refusal to honour the
order issued by Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court, Abuja,
the DSS turned back the court’s bailiff and Sowore’s lawyers on
Wednesday at around 4:30pm, claiming that the agency could not attend to
the document because they had closed since 3:30pm.

The team was asked to return to the facility at 10:00am on Thursday to serve the court order.

However,
several hours since acknowledging receipt of the fresh order to release
the two men, the DSS is refusing to do so despite the defendants
perfecting their bail conditions.

Court order submitted to the DSS

Recall
that the DSS also flouted an order issued by Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the
same court directing it to release Sowore after he met an initial bail
condition set.

In his ruling on September 30, Justice Taiwo had
asked Sowore to deposit his international passport with the court as
condition for his release by the secret police while setting a date for
the commencement of trail on the charges brought against him by the DSS.

But despite meeting that mandate the next day, the secret
police refused to release Sowore, instead filing charges of money
laundering and cyberstalking President Muhammadu Buhari against him – a
development that has continued to attract condemnation from around the
world.

Sowore was arrested in Lagos in the early hours of August
3, 2019 by the DSS for calling on Nigerians to take to the streets in
peaceful demonstrations to demand for a better country from the
President Buhari-led administration.

The government views his
action as capable of bringing the regime down and has adopted desperate
measures to keep him out of circulation for daring to speak truth to
power.

In recent times, the DSS has earned a notorious reputation
for flouting court orders by continuing to hold on to all those
perceived to staunch critics of President Buhari’s regime.

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