Court threatens to jail DSS boss over the refusal to release Sowore, Bakare
A Federal High Court in Abuja, Nigeria on Monday gave a warning to imprison the Director-General of the Department of State Services, Yusuf Bichi, over the agency’s continued detention of Nigerian human rights and pro-democracy activists Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare popularly known as Mandate.
Recall, on November 6, 2019, the court had ordered the release of the activists after meeting their bail conditions.
A notice of consequence of disobedience of court order (Form 48) marked FHC/ABJ/CR/235/2019 obtained by SaharaReporters was served on Bichi by the court’s bailiff.
The court document reads, “Take notice that unless you obey the directions contained in this court order of the Federal High Court, Abuja, made on November 6, 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.
“This court has been informed that you are yet to comply with the lawful order of the court by refusing to release the defendants/applicants namely Omoyele Stephen Sowore and Olawale Adebayo (Mandate) in your custody.
“You are hereby directed to comply with the court order forthwith or you will be guilty of contempt of court.”
On August 3, 2019 Sowore was arrested by the Nigerian Department of Security Services for alleged treason after calling for a protest tagged RevolutionNow
Omoyele Sowore is a former presidential candidate under African Action Congress, a political party which he founded.He is also the founder of an online news agency Sahara Reporters.