The Department of State Services (DSS) yesterday revealed to the public they have received a court order requesting the release of convener of the Revolution Now movement, human rights activist, pro-democracy campaigner, former presidential candidate, and founder of an online news agency Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore.
Since August the 3rd, Sowore has been detained in Abuja after he was arrested in Lagos. Earlier, an Abuja Federal High Court had granted Sowore bail but after fulfilling the conditions of the bail, wasn’t let out DSS custody.
In a statement on Friday, November 8th Peter Afunanya, spokesman of the DSS, said while the agency has received the order, no one has visited the DSS to take delivery on the activist. “The DSS wishes to confirm that it has received the court order for the release of Omoyele Sowore. It is important that the public notes that since the receipt of the Order, no person has turned up at the DSS to take delivery of him. This becomes imperative for reasons of accountability.”
“However, the Court has been properly briefed on this development and the steps being taken to ensure compliance with its Order. The Service, under the leadership of Yusuf Magaji Bichi (fwc), as the Director General, is not a lawless organization and will never obstruct justice or disobey Court Orders. It, therefore, affirms that it will do all that is needful once the appropriate processes have been concluded” the statement read.