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Sowore and Bakare asks court to jail DSS boss for refusing to release them

The Department of State Services (DSS)

Omoyele Sowore, the convener of the #RevolutionNow protest, and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare, have filed a suit against the Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Yusuf Bichi, over their continued detention.

Sowore and Bakare had already fulfilled their bail conditions, but the DSS would not release them.

Sowore who was a presidential candidate in the February 2019 presidential election was arrested on August 3, just two days to the #RevolutionNow protest, while Bakare was arrested on August 5 in Osogbo, Osun State.

They were accused of treason felony against the government of President Muhammadu Buhari by the DSS. The secret service alleges that Sowore received money from foreign individuals to overthrow the government of Buhari and release Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (aka Shiites).

Following the refusal of the DSS to release Sowore, he and his co-defendant approached the Federal High Court in Abuja where they filed charges against the DSS boss for disobeying court order.

They had previously filed a separate human rights enforcement suits seeking N500million damages each against the DSS boss and the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, over their refulsa to release them.

“Take notice that unless you obey the directive contained in the order of the Federal High Court of Justice, Abuja, made on November 6, 2019, which ordered you to release the defendants/applicants in suit number FHC/ABJ/CR/235/2019 forthwith, you will be guilty of contempt of court and will be liable to be committed to prison,” the suit filed by Femi Falana (SAN), Sowore’s lawyer, reads in part.

“Take notice that unless you obey the directive contained in the order of the Federal High Court of Justice, Abuja, made on November 6, 2019, which ordered you to release the defendants/applicants in suit number FHC/ABJ/CR/235/2019 forthwith, you will be guilty of contempt of court and will be liable to be committed to prison.

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