Incensed by its flagrant disobedience of court orders, a Federal High Court in Abuja has asked the Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS) to release Omoyele Sowore and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare, forthwith or be committed to prison for comtempt of court.
The convener of #RevolutionNow movement, Sowore and Bakare have spent more than 110 days in DSS custody.
The court’s warning is contained in a Form 48 issued by the Registrar and served on the DSS on Nov. 25, 2019.
The document reads: “Notice of consequences of disobedience to order of court.
“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.
“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.”
Last week, a “protest” against Sowore’s lawyer, Mr Femi Falana (SAN), was staged in front of DSS office for “intimidating” the department which has attracted wide condemnation across the country and the civil society.