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‘Our lawyers spent 4 hours waiting to receive Sowore’ — Falana tackles DSS

‘Our lawyers spent 4 hours waiting to receive Sowore’ — Falana tackles DSS
November 09
02:03 2019
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Femi Falana, senior of advocate of Nigeria (SAN), says lawyers waited to receive Omoyele Sowore at the headquarters of the Department of State Services (DSS) after a court order to release him was served. 

The DSS had on Friday said it received the order to free the convener of the Revolution Now movement, but there was no one to stand on his behalf.

But in a statement, Falana, lead counsel to Sowore, said the DSS statement is misleading as the agency already told the lawyers that Sowore would be released.

“On 6/11/19 the bailiff of the federal high court wanted to serve the reproduction warrants issued by the court on the Director-General of the State Security Service (SSS). But the SSS asked the Bailiff to call back at 10.00 am on 7/11/19. The bailiff did and was able to serve the reproduction warrants on the DG of the SSS,” he said.

“Upon acknowledging the service of the reproduction warrants the SSS assured  the bailiff and five lawyers from the defence team that our clients would be released yesterday. But the SSS decided not to release our clients to our lawyers who waited in vain in the agency’s headquarters for not less than 4 hours.

“When Sowore said that he would not make a statement without first consulting with me the SSS management called me on phone on 6/8/19. Assuming the SSS had wanted to release our clients since yesterday the management would have contacted me.

“It is pertinent to point out that the meaning of  reproduction warrant issued by a trial court is that the defendants be produced for the purpose of  releasing them having met their bail conditions.  In the instant case, the
federal high court did not order the SSS to hand over Messrs Sowore and Bakare to any person but to produce them for the purpose of releasing them having met the suffocating bail conditions imposed on them by the trial court.

“Even though the SSS disobeyed the order of the Honourable  Justice Taiwo for the release of Mr. Sowore on 24/9/19  it has turned round to announce its readiness to comply with the order of the Honourable Justice Ifeoma Ojukwu for the release of Sowore and Bakare from illegal custody.”

He added that lawyers from his firm have been directed to contact the DSS on Saturday for the release of Sowore.

He also urged Sowore to call off his hunger strike.

Sowore has been in DSS detention since August when he was arrested for planning a nationwide protest.

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