Omoyele Sowore drags DSS chief to court for contempt

September 27, 2019
Omoyele Sowore

Former presidential candidate and convener of #revolutionnow protest, Omoyele Sowore, has filed a contempt suit against the Director-General of the Department of State Service (DSS), Yusuf Bichi, for allegedly disobeying a court order granting him bail.

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

Recall that Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High court in Abuja had on Tuesday granted bail to Mr. Sowore, who was arrested and detained by the DSS since August 3, 2019, on the allegation of calling for a “revolution” through the protest that was scheduled for September 5.

In the bid to enforce the release order, the detained politician and publisher, who had spent over 50 days in the custody of the SSS filed form 48 against the SSS boss seeking his committal to jail unless he gives effect to the order of the court.

The form 48 otherwise known as contempt of court was filed at the Federal High Court pursuant to order ix, rule 1-3 of the judgment enforcement rules, section 72 of the Sheriff and Civil Process Act 2004 and under the inherent jurisdiction of the court.

Titled, Notice of Consequences of Disobedience to Order of Court’, the SSS boss in the contempt notice form was warned that unless he obeys the order of the Federal High Court delivered on September 24, ordering him to release Sowore in suit number FHC/ABJ/CS/915/2019, he will be guilty of contempt of court and will be liable to be committed to prison.

The contempt form notice further indicated that the court has been informed that as at today, September 26, the DG SSS was yet to comply with the lawful order by refusing to release Sowore from its custody.

The notice read in part: “Take notice that unless you obey the direction contained in the order of the Federal High Court of Justice, Abuja, delivered on September 24, 2019, which ordered you to release the applicant in suit number FHC/ABJ/CS/915/2019 forthwith, you will be guilty of contempt of court and will be liable to be committed to prison.

“A copy of the said order of court earlier served on you is hereby annexed for your on-the-spot reference.

“This court has been informed that even as at today Thursday, September 26, 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”.

The notice had been served on the SSS boss at the three-arm zone in Abuja on after all the necessary conditions have been fulfilled.

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