Femi Falana (SAN), the defence counsel of pro-democracy activist, Omoyele Sowore said the prosecutor of Sowore’s case, Dr Hassan Liman (SAN) has applied for the transfer and indefinite detention of his clients.
Sowore has been in the custody of the Department of State Services since his arrest in August. The service arrested him for organising a #RevolutionNow protest and charged to court for treasonable felony.
Several courts have granted Sowore and his co-defendant, Adebayo Bakare bail and they have met the bail conditions but the DSS has refused to release them.
In a letter Falana wrote to the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), on Sunday, December 1, 2019, the lawyer urged him to direct the DSS to obey court orders and release his clients.
He also urged the Attorney-General to call Dr Liman to order and stop his attempt to transfer his clients to prison for indefinite detention.
Falana threatened that he would drag Dr Liman and the Attorney-General of the Federation to the Nigerian Bar Association and the Legal Practitioners’ Disciplinary Committee, for disciplinary actions if they don’t comply with his demands.
Here are excerpts from the letter
“In view of the fact that the Federal Government has never given any precondition before complying with the orders of the British Court in the case of P & ID and other matters, we are compelled to request you to direct the State Security Service to comply with the orders of the Federal High Court for the unconditional release of our clients.
“Take notice that if you fail to accede to our request, we shall be compelled to carry out the firm instructions of our clients to pursue the contempt proceedings which have been initiated against Mr Yusuf Bichi, the Director-General of the State Security Service.
“In addition, we shall also report your good self and the prosecutor to the Nigerian Bar Association and the Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee for encouraging the State Security Service to treat orders of Nigerian courts with disdain while you are anxious to obey the orders of British courts.”