The Department of State Services has said the publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, was still in custody because his legal team had yet to serve it with a copy of the court order granting him bail.
Spokesperson of the DSS, Dr. Peter Afunnaya said this in a telephone interview in Abuja, on Thursday.
He said the DSS as a law-abiding agency has the highest regard for the laws of the land and would not do anything to undermine law and order.
Afunnaya said, “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; this process has not been followed.”
Mr Falana however countered the claim by stating that 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.
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