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Thursday, 26 September 2019

JUST IN: Falana SAN Initiates Contempt Proceedings Against DG of DSS For Not Releasing Sowore

JUST IN: Falana SAN Initiates Contempt Proceedings Against DG of DSS For Not Releasing Sowore

A human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, SAN has Initiated a contempt proceedings against the DG of the SSS over the flagrant disregard for the order of Federal High Court to release Omoyele Sowore.

The contempt Proceedings dated 26th of September, 2019 is brought pursuant Order IX, Rule (1-3) of the Judgement (Enforcement) Rules and section 72 of the Sheriffs and Civil Process Act, 2004 and under the inherent powers and jurisdiction of the Court. The application reads:

TAKE NOTICE that unless you obey the direction contained in the order of the Federal High Court of Justice, Abuja, delivered on the 2nd of September, 2019 which ordered you to release the applicant in suit No; FHC/ABJ/CS/915/2019 forthwith, you will be guilty of contempt of court and be liable to be committed to prison.

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2. This Court has been informed that even as at today, 26th of September, 2019, you are yet to comply with the lawful order of the Federal High Court by refusing to release the applicant namely: OMOYELE SOWORE in your custody. You are hereby directed to comply with the court order forthwith or you will be guilty of Contempt of court.

Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja had on Tuesday granted bail to Sowore, who has been arrested and kept in the custody of the DSS since September 3, 2019, on the allegation of calling for “revolution” through the protest that was scheduled for September 5.

The judge had dismissed DSS’ objection in granting him bail with the sole condition that he deposit his passport in the registry of the court.

Sowore, through his lawyers, submitted his passport to a Deputy Chief Registrar of the court on Wednesday.

The legal team also filed an affidavit of compliance with the order of the court and had same served on the DSS.

But 24 hours after meeting the bail condition, the DSS had yet to release him.

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