- Tony Momoh, a former information minister, said he does not support disobedience of court orders
- Momoh made this statement in reaction to the detention of Omoyele Sowore by the SSS against court orders
- The former minister, however, said though the SSS may have its reasons, he does not support disobeying court orders even if it is for the sake of national security
A former minister of information, Tony Momoh, has aired his position on the alleged disobedience of court orders by the federal government.
The Cable reports that Momoh said in an interview that he does not support disobedience to court orders while responding to a question on the ordeals of Omoyele Sowore in the hands of the State Security Service (SSS).
Sowore, the co-convener of the RevoutionNow protest, has been in the custody of the SSS for months, despite being granted bail by the court.
Reacting to the development, Momoh said though the SSS may have its reasons for re-arresting Sowore, he does not support disobeying court orders even if it is for the sake of national security.
“I’m a lawyer; I don’t support anybody disobeying court orders, whoever they may be. They may have reasons for doing so and many of them will say it is because of national security but I don’t support anyone disobeying court orders,” he said.
In a related development, the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa'ad Abubakar II, on Thursday, December 12, warned that disobeying court orders amounts to lawlessness.
Urging everyone to abide by the law guiding Nigeria, the Sultan said being law-abiding is in the interest of national development.
Speaking at the 2019 4th Quarter Meeting of the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) with the theme: “Religion and Civil Authorities in Dialogue for Nation Building”, the Sultan there is need to revive the NIREC meeting to flow on a rotational basis.
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