- Sowore and his fellow activist, Bakare, have protested planned transfer from SSS custody to prison
- FG had applied for the transfer from the custody of SSS to prison
- The duo filed the notice of preliminary objection on Tuesday, December 3, before the court to challenge the application
The activist turned politician, Omoyele Sowore and his co-accused, Olawale Bakare, have kicked against the federal government’s request for their transfer from the custody of the State Security Service (SSS) to prison.
Premium Times reports that they described the request as frivolous, vexatious and a contempt of the court.
Legit.ng gathered that this is contained in their notice of preliminary objection filed on Tuesday, December 3, before the court to challenge the federal government’s fresh application.
They said the fresh application filed by the SSS before Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court in Abuja was meant to frustrate the court’s order for their release from its custody.
They also described the application filed on behalf of the federal government by the prosecuting lawyer, Hassan Liman, as contemptuous for being a contravention of the order directing the SSS to release them from custody.
The SSS had refused to release both men despite two separate court orders.
Sowore and Bakare are facing trial on seven counts of treasonable felony, fraud, cyber-stalking and insulting President Muhammadu Buhari.
The latest of the court orders for their release was the one issued by Justice Ojukwu after they met the bail conditions imposed on them after their arraignment.
In their argument, the duo through their lawyer, Femi Falana, said that the application for their transfer from the SSS custody to prison showed that there was no genuine intention to prosecute them.
The grounds of their application read: “The application was filed by the complainant/applicant to frustrate the execution of the order of release of the first and second defendants/objectors from the custody of the SSS made by this honourable court on November 6, 2019.
“There is no genuine intention to prosecute the first and second defendants by the complainant/applicant as the statement of witnesses this honourable court ordered to be availed the defence team is yet to be issued and served."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Femi Falana wrote the AGF, Abubakar Malami, over the continued detention of Sowore despite the court order granting him bail.
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