Court threatens to imprison DSS boss over continued detention of Sowore

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A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has threatened to imprison the Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Yusuf Bichi, for the agency’s refusal to release detained publisher of SaharaReporters, Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare.
A notice of consequence of disobedience of court order (Form 48) marked FHC/ABJ/CR/235/2019, which was served on the DSS boss by the court’s bailiff on November 25 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.”

Sowore was arrested in Lagos on August 3, 2019 for calling on Nigerians to take to the streets in what he called”resolution” against the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

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