The human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN); on Sunday, November 10, criticized the Federal Government. This is for repeatedly flouting court orders while readily obeying foreign mandates.
Falana made this utterance in the aftermath of the continued detention of the convener of #RevolutionNow protest, Mr Omoyele Sowore, and Olawale Bakare; by the Department of State Service in spite of court orders that he should be released.
He cited the instance of the Federal Government hurriedly obeying the order of a London court. The mandate was ruled to pay the sum of £250,000 cost to a foreign firm; Process and Industrial Development, as a condition to appeal a controversial $9.6bn judgment.
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.”
The warrants for the release of both men issued by the Federal High Court in Abuja was served on the DSS on Thursday.
However, the DSS, through its spokesperson, Peter Ifunanya; on Friday, November 8, blamed the non-release of the two men on their lawyers. Claiming they failed to show up to receive them.
Falana also issued a swift rebuttal. He said lawyers from his team waited in vain for hours to receive their clients from custody on Thursday.
With the DSS indicating its interest to comply with the court orders for the release of Sowore and Bakare on Friday. Defence lawyers; activists; and supporters of the two men arrived at the DSS headquarters in Abuja on Saturday morning.
However, it was all in vain as the activists were not released.