The Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) has lamented the non-compliance with orders of courts by the Department of State Services (DSS), describing the agency as a notorious agency that enjoys treating judicial process with disdain.
The National Publicity Secretary of NBA, Kunle Edun, referred to as “Unfortunate”, the flagrant disobedience of the order of Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court directing the release on bail of Omoyele Sowore by the Department of State Security Service of Nigeria on the 24th of September.
The NBA contended that since the DSS found it convenient to approach the Federal High Court in ensuring the detention of Sowore for more than 50 days, it was not acceptable that the agency has since comfortably refused to comply with the order of the same court directing the release of Sowore.
The body of Nigerian legal practitioners said: “This is unacceptable in a country where there are laws and a nation whose Head of State professed at the recently concluded United Nations General Assembly to respect the human rights of citizens.”
The NBA statement condemned the continued detention of Sowore by the DSS “as same amounts to violation of his constitutional rights to personal liberty and that no one person shall be deprived of his liberty without a valid court order, as provided for in Section 35 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.
Sowore, the convener of #RevolutionNow protest, was picked up in a Lagos hotel by DSS personnel on Saturday, August 3, in an attempt to scuttle the protest planned to hold on Monday, August 5.