Sowore set to jail DSS DG for disobeying court order

Omowole Sowore, the Presidential Candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) in the February 23, 2019 poll

Omoyele Sowore, the convener of the #RevolutionNow protest, has revealed that he would sue Yusuf Bichi, the Director-General of the Department of State Services, for disobeying court order and refusing to release him.

Naija Buzz News had last week reported that Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court Abuja had ordered the DSS to immediately release Sowore who had been in the secret service custody since his arrest on August 3.

The Sahara Reporter publisher was arrested ahead of the planned August 5 #RevolutionNow protest. The DSS however accused him of collaborating with foreign sponsors who he received millions of dollars from to overthrow the government of President Muhammadu Buhari and release the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky.

The DSS brought an 11 count charges of treasonable felony, cybercrime offences, money laundering, and insulting the president against Sowore last week ahead of the expiration of his 45 days detention permission granted by the court.

Justice Taiwo who dismissed the request by the DSS to detain him for 20 more days, noted that Sowore must submit his passport with the Deputy Chief Registrar of the court and meet other bail conditions.

Despite meeting the bail condition however, Sowore is yet to be released. Consequently, Sowore through his lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), filed a ‘Notice of Consequence of Court Order’ warning the DSS DG of the implication of violating court order.

“Notice that unless you obey the direction contained in the order of the Federal High Court of Justice, Abuja delivered on September 21, 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. 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.”

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