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Femi Falana React To DSS Claim Of Not Recieving Court Order

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Femi Falana, has reacted to a claim by the Department of State Service (DSS), that it did not recieve a court order to release his client, Omoyele Sowore, convener of the Revolution Now protest.

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Reacting to the position of the DSS, Falana said the security agency lied.

According to Falana, he personally served the secret police the order and the notice of compliance by his client. He further said they were not directed by the court to serve any notice to the DSS but he did that for avoidance of doubt.

 

“First of all, their lawyer was in court. And he heard the order when it was made. As a legal practitioner, he had an obligation to inform his client. Secondly, since Sowore was to be released to me, I have been going to the SSS office personally since Tuesday.

“We were not directed to serve them. But we did that for the avoidance of doubt. We submitted his passports, got the affidavit of compliance and I personally served them. I also sent the copies to the SSS DG through his phone line, because I have his personal phone line.

“We were there for hours. The head of the legal department pleaded with me to return today (Thursday). When I returned, they locked the SSS gates against me,” Mr Falana said.

A report by Punch Newspaper had claimed that DSS spokesperson, Peter Afunaya in a statement released and authorised by the Director-General of the agency, Yusuf Bichi, had claimed that the DSS was yet to receive the court order for Mr. Sowore’s release.

“We have not received the court order. And his (Sowore’s) counsel is a very senior member of the bar and he knows the process to follow,” Mr Afunaya said.

When asked again if they have received the court papers in a telephone interview with Premium Times, the DSS spokesperson said “No we haven’t, thank you.”

The Senior Advocate of Nigeria added that if the DSS is truly a law abiding institution, they would have sent their lawyers to verify if the Federal High Court ordered the release of Omoyele Sowore following report of its refusal to obey court orders in local and international media.

 

“I’m not sure the person who is making this statement has the authorisation of his principals. We have filed the form 48 regarding the contempt of court. And in that form, the court order was also included.

“The SSS has a duty to comply with this order and not only this one, but every other order regarding the liberty of Nigerians, because this is a constitutional democracy,” Falana said.

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