Falana Slams DSS, Says Court Order for Sowore’s Release Not Subject To Your Approval
Leghal icon and human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana, SAN, has lambasted the Department of State Security [DSS] over the continued detention of Omoyele Sowore, the convener of the #RevolutionNow protest and publisher of Sahara Reporters, and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare.
In a statement made available to ElombahNews on Thursday, Falana decried that DSS does not have right to exercise control over the court order for the release of Sowore and Bakare.
The legal icon further stated that the court order is not subject to approval by DSS.
He said: “Pursuant to the verification of the sureties of Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare by the Federal High Court, the trial judge, the Honourable Justice Ifeoma Ojukwu made an order on November 6, 2019 for the release of the defendants from the custody of the DSS.
“The Court Order has not authorised the DSS to approve the sureties before releasing Sowore and Bakare from custody.
“Kindly find below the Court Order being treated with contempt by the DSS which has continued to parade itself as a law abiding security organisation.”
Recall that DSS had urged those who stood as sureties for Sowore to come forward.
The security agency said it would require these persons to come and properly document with the service to enable it (DSS) to release him (Sowore) on bail as ordered by the courts.
Spokesperson for DSS, Dr. Peter Afunnaya, made this appeal at a media briefing in Abuja on Tuesday.
He explained that the service had a responsibility to Nigerians as well as the detainee to ensure that proper procedure was followed and that the detainee is released to the right and proper persons.
Afunnaya said, “If someone has stood as surety for someone let the person come and document properly.
“Let the people come and document properly. We stand to discharge our responsibility in line with global best practices.”