Femi Falana, a human rights activist and the lawyer of Omoyele Sowore, the incarcerated convener of the #RevolutionNow protest, on Sunday said that the Federal Government only obey foreign court orders, but however disobeys orders issued by Nigerian courts.
Falana’s statement is a reaction to the continued detention of Sowore and Olawale Bakare, his co-defendant, by the Department of State Services (DSS) despite court orders to release him.
“The Federal Government has alleged that the controversial judgment debt of $9.6bn was obtained fraudulently by P & ID. But the commercial court in London recently ordered Nigeria to pay £250,000 within 14 days as a precondition for filing an appeal against the judgment,” Falana said.
“The said sum of £250,000 has since been paid to P & ID in strict compliance with the orders of Her Majesty’s High Court in London.
“But since national security takes precedence over the rule of law at home, the orders of the Federal High Court for the immediate release of Messrs Sowore and Bakare have been brazenly disobeyed by the State Security Service,” he added.
The DSS had blamed the continued detention of Sowore on the unavailability of anyone to collect him. The statement was however misleading because the defence lawyers were around and waited to receive Sowore on Friday.
Some others also went to the DSS headquarters in Abuja on Saturday to receive him too, but they waited in vain.
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