The Department of State Services has confirmed the receipt of a court order for the release of Omoyele Sowere. It, however, said the service was unable to release him because no person had shown up to receive him.
The spokesperson for the DSS, Dr. Peter Afunnaya, said this in a terse statement he signed on behalf of the service, in Abuja, late on Friday.
He said, “It is important that the public notes that since the receipt of the order, no person has turned up at the DSS to take delivery of him. This becomes imperative for reasons of accountability.
“However, the court has been properly briefed on this development and the steps being taken to ensure compliance with its order.
“The service, under the leadership of Yusuf Magaji Bichi, as the Director-General, is not a lawless organisation and will never obstruct justice or disobey court orders. It, therefore, affirms that it will do all that is needful once the appropriate processes have been concluded.”
However, human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), on Friday, faulted the claim by the DSS, saying the service decided not to release his two clients to his lawyers who waited in vain for not less than four hours at the DSS headquarters in Abuja on Thursday.
It was confirmed by our correspondent that the trio of three lawyers – Stanley Imhanruor, Effiong Inihebe and Marshal Abubakar, were at the DSS office to serve the release warrants on the agency in anticipation of returning home with the two men on Thursday to no avail.