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DSS Confirms Receipt Of Court Order To Release Sowore .

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DSS Confirms Receipt Of Court Order To Release Sowore .
« on: November 07, 2019, 11:51:17 PM »

     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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