- The Federal High Court in Abuja summons the minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami and the DG of the DSS, Yusuf Bichi over the continued detention of Omoyele Sowore
- Justice Inyang Ekwo ordered the AGF and the DSS boss to appear and explain why the court should order the unconditional release of Sowore from detention
- The court asks the deputy chief registrar of the court to immediately notify both Bichi and Malami of its summon
The minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami and the director-general of the Department of State Services (DSS), Yusuf Bichi, have been ordered by the Federal High Court in Abuja to appear before it over the continued detention of pro-democracy activist, Omoyele Sowore.
Vanguard reports that Justice Inyang Ekwo ordered the AGF and the DSS boss to appear on Monday, December 23 and explain why the court should not direct the unconditional release of Sowore from detention.
The court on Tuesday, December 17, also asked the deputy chief registrar of the court to immediately notify both Bichi and Malami its summon, as well as the pending fundamental rights enforcement suit Sowore and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare, initiated against them.
The Cable reports that the court gave the order following an application filed by Marshal Abubakar, a counsel in Sowore’s legal team, seeking an order for the release of the detained activist.
Meanwhile, a senior lawyer, Femi Falana, has said the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami, cannot distance himself from the detention of Omoyele Sowore by the Department of State Security Service (DSS).
Channels TV reports that Falana said since Malami took over the criminal case from the DSS, he is deemed to possess the constitutional powers in full and the responsibility for any decision thereupon rests solely on him.
The lawyer insisted that having taken over the case the AGF cannot he cannot like Pontius Pilate wash off his hands off the illegal detention of Sowore by the DSS.
In another news, Legit.ng reported that Abubakar Malami responded to calls for him to use his office to release Omoyele Sowore.
Top on the list of those who are asking for the release of Sowore from the custody of the Department of State Service (DSS) is Femi Falana, a renowned human rights lawyer, Daily Trust reports.
However, Malami, in his reaction to the calls, said that his hands are already tied because it is already a court case.
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