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Court Threatens To Jail DSS’s Boss Over Sowore’s Continuous Detention

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The federal high court in Abuja has told the Director-General of the Department of State Service (DSS) Yusuf Bichi to release Omoyele Sowore or be jailed.

This is coming after the DSS refused to release the convener of the #RevolutionNow movement and Activist Oluwale Bakare despite several court orders.

Omoyele Sowore
Omoyele Sowore

The judge, Ijeoma Ojuwku gave the warning on Monday after it had previously issued a notice of consequences of disobedient of the court order, also known as form 48 on the DSS.

“Take notice that unless you obey the direction contained in the order of the federal high court of Justice, Abuja made on the 6th November 2019, which ordered you to release the defendants/applicants in suit no: FHC/ABJ/CR/235/2019 forthwith, you will be guilty of contempt of court and will be liable to be committed to prison,” the notice read.

“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, Tuesday the 12th November 2019 you are yet to comply with the lawful order of the Federal High Court by refusing to release the defendants/applicants namely: Omoyele Stephen Sowore and Olawale Adebayo Bakare (Mandate) in your custody.

“You are hereby directed to comply with the court order forthwith or you will be guilty of contempt of court.”

Sowore was arrested on August 3 after planning a protest against President Muhammadu Buhari on his style of governance. 

The activist, who was also a supporter and worked assiduously for the President’s election has continued to rot in jail despite court orders.

The DSS claimed it couldn’t release the activist as there was no one to collect him. 

Later, it claimed it couldn’t release Sowore without a background check of his sureties.

Sowore is standing trial on seven counts of a treasonable felony which includes cyber-stalking and insulting President Muhammadu Buhari.

Meanwhile, the activist has sued the DSS for continuously and illegally detaining him.

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