- Femi Falana has written the AGF, Abubakar Malami, over the continued detention of Sowore despite the court order granting him bail
- Falana threatened to drag the DSS boss to court as well as report the AGF to NBA if Sowore is not released
- The senior lawyer advised the federal government to start obeying local court orders just as it is obeying rulings by foreign courts
Alleged failure to comply with court orders is one of the things the Nigerian government has been repeatedly criticized for.
Very recently, Amnesty International’s legal adviser, Kolawole Olaniyan, claimed that since assuming office in 2015, President Muhammadu Buhari has disobeyed court orders on at least 40 occasions.
Another popular human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has also come down hard on the federal government regarding compliance with court orders.
Falana said the federal government should start obeying local court orders just as it is obeying foreign courts’ orders.
The senior lawyer particularly made reference to the ruling of a British commercial court which ordered the Nigerian government to pay $200m dollars to enforce a stay of execution the court had granted for a $9.6 billion dollar judgement awarded against Nigeria in favour of Process & Industrial Development (P&ID) limited.
The Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, confirmed on Thursday, November 28, that the government had complied with the ruling by making a $200 million bond deposit following President Buhari’s approval.
Falana, therefore, asked the federal government to obey the court order which granted bail to Omoyele Sowore, the co-convener of Revolution Now protest.
Channels TV reports that the senior lawyer wrote a letter to Malami to obey the court order which asked Sowore to be released.
Falana vowed to pursue the contempt proceedings which have been initiated against the director-general of the DSS, Yusuf Bichi, if Sowore is not released.
The activist lawyer also said he would report Malami and the prosecutor to the Nigeria Bar Association and the Legal Practitioners' Privileges Committee for allegedly encouraging the DSS to disregard court orders.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that despite the federal government's efforts to appeal $9.6 billion judgment made against it by the UK court, P&ID had again secured two separate court judgments against Nigeria.
The development has plunged the federal government deeper into the issue it was trying to wriggle out of.
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