- Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu has threatened to jail Yusuf Bichi
- The judge had earlier said the SSS must release Sowore as directed by the court or it would be guilty of contempt
- Consequently, the DSS boss would be guilty of contempt and liable to be committed to prison
The refusal of the State Security Service (SSS) to release detained activist and convener of the revolutionNow protest, Omoyele Sowore, and his co-accused, Olawale Bakare, has annoyed Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court, Abuja.
As a result of this, the judge threatened to jail Yusuf Bichi, director-general of the security outfit.
Premium Times reports that the judge gave the warning in Abuja on Monday, November 25.
The news outlet also recalled that, in a court order dated November 12, the judge said the SSS must release Sowore as directed by the court or it would be guilty of contempt and liable to be committed to prison.
“Take notice that unless you obey the direction contained in the order of the Federal High Court of Justice, Abuja made on the 6 November 2019, which ordered you to release the Defendants/Applicants in Suit No; FHC/ABJ/CR/235/2019 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, Tuesday the 12 November 2019 you are yet to comply with the lawful order of the Federal High Court by refusing to release the Defendants/Applicants namely: Omoyele Stephen Sowore and Olawale Adebayo Bakare (MANDATE), in your custody. You are hereby directed to comply with the court order forthwith or you will be guilty of contempt of court,” the document read.
Recall that Legit.ng had reported that Sowore on Friday, November 22, filed a lawsuit against the DSS over what he described as unlawful detention.
In the suit which included Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation and minister of justice, Sowore demanded the sum of N500 million over what he described as 'unlawful detention and violation' of his human rights.
Moreover, Sowore also stated in his application that the refusal of the DSS to release him was a violation of his right to fair hearing, health, freedom of movement and freedom of association.
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