A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered the Department of State Service (DSS) to release the convener of RevolutionNow protest, Omoyele Sowore, and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare within the next 24 hours.
Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu had on November 6 ordered the release of Sowore and his co-defendant from the custody of the DSS but the secret service has yet to release them.
At the commencement of the defendants’ trial on Thursday, the judge noted that the DSS had no justifiable reason to continue to hold the defendants in custody, after she signed the warrants for their release from custody.
The prosecuting counsel, Hassan Liman (SAN), had insisted that the DSS did not refuse to comply with the order of the court but he gave no response when the judge asked why the defendants had not been released.
Justice Ojukwu awarded the sum of N100,000 against the DSS for disobeying the order.
“The failure of the prosecution to carry out the order of the court to serve the defence and in view if this adjournment is at the instance of the prosecution and in view of section 396 of ACJA, I will award the cost of 100,000 naira against the prosecution and in view of the refusal of the prosecution to release the defendant, this court will give the prosecution the next 24 hours to comply with the order of court,” She said.
The judge adjourned the matter till Friday.
Sowore and Bakare are standing trial on seven counts bordering on treasonable felony, fraud, and cyber-stalking.