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Court threatens to jail DSS DG, Yusuf Bichi over failure to release Sowore
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Court threatens to jail DSS DG, Yusuf Bichi over failure to release Sowore



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Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu has threatened to jail the Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS) Yusuf Bichi, over failure to release the convener of the #RevolutionNow Movement Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare, an activist he was arrested with. 
 
The Federal High Court Judge who before Monday's court session issued a notice of consequences of disobedience of court order which is also known as form 48 on the DSS, stated that the DSS DG will be found guilty of contempt of court if he refuses to comply with the court order on release of Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare.
 
Quote:“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.”
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Drama as Sowore threatens DSS DG, Yusuf Bichi with jail term over his continued detention


 December 2, 2019

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Convener of RevolutionNow campaign, Omoyele Sowore, has threatened to pursue the contempt proceedings against the Director-General of the Department of State Services, DSS, Yusuf Bichi over failure to release him.


Sowore had recently dragged the DSS before an Abuja Federal High Court over his continued detention.


The activist was asking the court to order the DSS to pay him N500m as general and aggravated damages over his detention which he termed as an illegal violation of his fundamental rights.


Sowore had issued the threat through his counsel, Femi Falana.


Falana alleged that the federal government has applied to the Federal High Court in Abuja for an order to transfer Sowore, and his co-accused, Olawale Bakare, from the custody of the DSS to prison.


He stated this in a letter dated December 1 and addressed to the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.


In the letter, Falana charged Malami to prevail on the DSS to release Sowore.
He said: “In treating the court order with provocative contempt, the State Security Service has insisted on approving the sureties of our clients after they have been verified by the Federal High Court.


“From the information at our disposal, there is no precedent whatsoever for the illegal demand.


“Instead of purging the security agency of such contempt of the Federal High Court, the prosecutor, Dr Hassan Liman (SAN), engaged by your good self to prosecute our clients, has curiously applied to the trial court to have them transferred to a correctional ce
ntre and detained indefinitely for having the temerity to question the illegal directive to produce their sureties.

“In view of the fact that the Federal Government has never given any precondition before complying with the orders of the British Court in the case of P & ID and other matters, we are compelled to request you to direct the State Security Service to comply with the orders of the Federal High Court for the unconditional release of our clients.



“Take notice that if you fail to accede to our request, we shall be compelled to carry out the firm instructions of our clients to pursue the contempt proceedings which have been initiated against Mr Yusuf Bichi, the Director-General of the State Security Service.


“In addition, we shall also report your good self and the prosecutor to the Nigerian Bar Association and the Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee for encouraging the State Security Service to treat orders of Nigerian courts with disdain while you are anxious to obey the orders of British courts.”
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