The Department of State Services (DSS) is yet to release detained activists, Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare, despite being served a fresh court order by a bailiff of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on Thursday.
The new order, signed by Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the same court, followed the perfection of bail conditions by the defendants.
It would be recalled that the DSS had on Wednesday turned back the court bailiff and the defendants’ lawyers, who had gone to serve the court order, claiming that they had closed for the day as at 3.30pm.
The court bailiff and lawyers were asked to return on Thursday by 10.30 a.m to serve the DSS the fresh order for their release.
Although the court bailiff succeeded in serving the order to the DSS on Thursday morning, the agency was yet to comply with the directive at press time.
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One of the lawyers, Effiong Inibehe, who confirmed the development, said, “I just left Sowore and Mandate (Bakare) at the DSS headquarters. I can confirm that the agency has been served with the order of Federal High Court directing their release having perfected their bail conditions.
“We are waiting for compliance. I cannot say more than this now.”
When contacted, Comrade Olaseni Ajai, Co-convener of Coalition for Revolution (CORE), a protest group formed by Sowore and several other young activists, confirmed the development, but could not say more as he said he was in a crucial meeting.
It would be recalled that Sowore was arrested on August 3 by the DSS over a planned nationwide protests scheduled for Monday August 5.