DSS refuses to release Sowore despite court order

A federal high court in Abuja has ordered the release of Sahara Reporters publisher, Omoyele Sowore

Sowore’s counsel, Femi Falana, had earlier said the bail conditions set by the court have been met.

The release order dated November 6 and signed by Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu was directed to the Department of State Services (DSS) where Sowore has been held since August 3 when he was arrested in Lagos for planning a nationwide protest.

Inibehe Effiong, one of the lawyers to Sowore, confirmed the development, adding that they made an attempt to serve the DSS the release order on Wednesday evening.

“We were at the SSS headquarters this evening to serve them with this order, but they said at that time they could no longer receive court process and asked that we come tomorrow,” he told TheCable.

“The implication is that all the legal requirement for the release, both administrative and judicial have been met. So, we are going to serve them with the order tomorrow, and we we expect they should be released in the morning. There is no legal encumbrance whatsover.”

The court also ordered the release of Olawale Adebayo better known as ‘Mandate’ who is charged alongside Sowore.

However, Premium Times is reporting that DSS refused to release Sowore despite him meeting his bail conditions.

The DSS said it had closed for the day, and would not review a document presented by Sowore’s lawyers showing the bail conditions had been met.

Sowore was arrested on August 3 by DSS for planning a protest tagged, 'RevolutionNow' and charged for treason by the agency.

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