Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) has issued a scathing reply to the Department of State Services (DSS) over claims that the convener of #RevolutionNow; Omoyele Sowore, and others in custody freely chose to remain in the custody of the DSS rather than in prison.
Falana issued this statement on Saturday, November 16, in response to claims made by DSS Spokesman, Peter Afunanya.
The lawyer tagged them ‘misleading’ while; asking the service to stop telling lies and obey court orders instead.
Falana, who represents El-Zakzaky and Sowore, said that in the case of Dasuki for instance; the DSS arrested the former NSA after he had been granted bail and released from prison.
He, therefore, wondered why the DSS would continue to tell lies.
He said, “Within a space of one week; the SSS has adduced three contradictory reasons for not complying with the order of the Federal High Court; for the immediate release of Sowore and Bakare from illegal custody.
“In a public statement issued on November 9, 2019; the SS claimed that it had wanted to release the duo; but for the fact that no one had shown up to receive them. When their lawyers and family members offered to receive them the SSS disqualified them.”
Falana said instead of apologising for exposing Nigeria to underserved mockery; the DSS asked Nigerians to believe that Sowore and others rather chose to be looked after by the DSS.
The activist noted that at various times in the past four years, several courts admitted Dasuki to bail pending trial.
Falana added, “Upon meeting his bail conditions on December 30, 2015; he was released by the Kuje Prison authorities.
“However, SSS operatives arrested him at the gate of the prison; and he has since been detained in defiance of the orders of the aforementioned municipal and regional courts.”