The Department of State Services, DSS, has given a reason why the embattled publisher of Saraha Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, is still held in custody despite fulfilling his bail conditions yesterday September 25th.
In an interview with Punch, the spokesperson of the DSS, Dr. Peter Afunnaya said the agency is yet to receive the Federal High court Abuja’s order granting Sowore bail.
“We have not received the court order. And his (Sowore’s) counsel is a very senior member of the bar and he knows the process to follow; this process has not been followed” Afunnaya said
Falana was at the DSS headquarters in Abuja yesterday to receive Sowore after the bail condition was fulfilled.
On September 20, 2019, the federal government slammed Sowore with seven charges bordering on alleged treasonable felony, fraud, money laundering and cyber-stalking.
However, on Tuesday, Justice Taiwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja struck out an application by the DSS which sought to continue keeping Sowore in detention pending his arraignment in court, and granted him bail.
Sowore’s arrest and subsequent detention have been criticized by opposition elements and members of the civil society as a clampdown on free speech and an infringement on his fundamental rights as enshrined in the nation’s constitution.