Following the refusal of Department of State Services (DSS) to release Omoyele Sowore, convener of the #RevolutionNow Movement, Femi Falana, a senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), has vowed that legal measures will be taken against the Service.
On Wednessday, a federal high court in Abuja had ordered the release of Sowore alongside Olawale Adebayo better known as “Mandate”, however the DSS has so far refused to obey the order.
Falana in a statement yesterday said this is the second time the DSS would ignore a court order to release Sowore.
He recalled that on 8th August 2019, Justice Taiwo Taiwo had granted the application of the State Security Service to detain Mr. Omoyele Sowore for 45 days.
He noted also that after the 45-day detention period expired, the State Security Service refused to release Sowore from custody , despite that the court granted Mr. Sowore bail on September 24, 2019 and he had met the bail conditions.
“Mr. Sowore and Mandate Bakare were subsequently charged with treasonable felony, cyber stalking and money laundering on September 30, 2019. The trial judge, the Honourable Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu admitted the defendants to bail under very stringent conditions. Upon meeting the bail conditions Justice Ojukwu directed the State Security Service to release the defendants from detention.
Falana said in utter contempt of the orders of Justice Ojukwu, the State Security Service has refused to release Messrs Sowore and Bakare from custody.
He further stated that since the SSS aren’t above the law, he would face them legally to ensure compliance with the court orders.
When Peter Afunanya, DSS spokesman, was contacted, he did not respond to messages seeking reaction to the matter.