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DSS Violates Court Order to Set Sowore Free, #RevolutionNow Leader Files Contempt Suit

DSS Violates Court Order to Set Sowore Free, #RevolutionNow Leader Files Contempt Suit

Doris Ukaonu
Omoyele Sowore

Spearheader of the #RevolutionNow protest and also past presidential aspirant, Omoyele Sowore, has filed a contempt suit against the Director-General of the Department of State Service (DSS), Yusuf Bichi, for turning a blind eye to the order that granted him bail.

Recall that on September 24, Justice Taiwo Taiwo, presiding justice of the Federal High Court, Abuja, had granted the Sowore bail.

The DSS had detained Sowore since August 3, 2019, for allegedly preparing a revolution for September 5, a revolution to remove President Muhammadu Buhari from office. He was indicted for treasonable felony, money laundering and terrorism.

Justice Taiwo overlooked the objection of the DSS and went ahead to grant him bail on the condition that he deposit his international passport in the registry of the court, which he did through his lawyers on September 25.

The legal team also filed an affidavit of compliance with the order of the court and had the same served on the DSS.



But 24 hours after meeting the bail prerequisites, the DSS refused to let him go. The ‘revolution now’ leader who is also the owner of Sahara Reporters through his lawyer, Mr Femi Falana (SAN), yesterday (September 26), filed a ‘Notice of consequence of court order’ which is to be served on the DSS boss Bichi, notifying him that he could be jailed for recurrent violation of the court order.

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“Notice that unless you obey the direction contained in the order of the Federal High Court of Justice, Abuja delivered on September 21, 2019, which ordered you to release the applicant in Suit No: FHC/ABJ/CS/915/2019 forthwith, you will be guilty of contempt of court and will be liable to be committed to prison. 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, Thursday, September 26, 2019, you are yet to comply with the lawful order of the Federal High Court by refusing to release the applicant namely: Omoyele Sowore in your custody.

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


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