Femi Falana, a human rights lawyer, has berated the Federal Government over its purported ignorance of court orders issued by courts in the country, saying it instead preferred to comply with orders issued by foreign courts.
Falana, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), made this claim in a statement issued on Sunday with regards to the refusal of the Department of State Services (DSS) to release Omoyele Sowore, the convener of #RevolutionNow movement, and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare, despite a court order.
Both Sowore, the publisher of Sahara Reporters, and Bakare, who are currently undergoing a trial for alleged treasonable felony and money laundering, were granted bail by Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court, Abuja.
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After weeks of complaints against the terms, the defendants were finally able to meet the bail conditions with Falana informing the court during proceedings on Wednesday that he expected his client, Sowore, as well as Bakare to be freed by Thursday.
However, despite receipt and acknowledgement of the court warrant ordering the release of Sowore and Bakare, both men are still being kept in DSS custody.
Making reference to Nigeria’s case against Process and Industrial Development (P&ID) in London, Falana lamented that the Federal Court quickly complied with the orders of the UK commercial court to pay £250,000 cost while it has ignored orders issued by a domestic court.
He said: “The Federal Government has alleged that the controversial judgment debt of $9.6bn was obtained fraudulently by P & ID. But the commercial court in London recently ordered Nigeria to pay £250,000 within 14 days as a precondition for filing an appeal against the judgment.
“The said sum of £250,000 has since been paid to P & ID in strict compliance with the orders of Her Majesty’s High Court in London.
“But since national security takes precedence over the rule of law at home, the orders of the Federal High Court for the immediate release of Messrs Sowore and Bakare have been brazenly disobeyed by the State Security Service.”
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The DSS, through its spokesperson, Peter Ifunaya, on Friday blamed the non-release of the two men on their lawyers for allegedly failing to show up to receive them.
Following the agency’s statement, lawyers from the defence team went to the DSS headquarters in Abuja on Saturday hoping for the release of Sowore and Bakare.
However, they went back after hours of waiting without the duo being produced.