Sowore: FG to ‘punish’ Justice Taiwo for granting activist bail

Sources close to the Department of State Services (DSS) have revealed that Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja, should be punished following the bail order granted to Omoyele Sowore.

It was further revealed that the Nigerian Government would petition the National Judicial Council regarding the court’s verdict.

The government also claimed that anyone facing treason is not admissible to bail; while accusing Justice Taiwo for abuse of power.

A top government source said that anyone standing trial for a treasonable felony is not entitled to bail.

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He said, ‎in view of the fact that as far as this country concerned, it is known that a person charged for treasonable felony has no bail option.

“So, the security and intelligence community in the country is shocked by the judgment.

“And there is a consensus that the judgment should not only be appealed; but that the NJC should be petitioned about the conduct and abuse of power by the judge.”

Sowore has continued to be held by the DSS more than 72 hours after the court ordered his release on bail.

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Meanwhile, Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana, has reacted unhappily. He says it is an insult for the Department of State Services to say that it did not receive copies of a Federal High Court order directing it to immediately release Sowore.

Falana explained that the DSS’s position suggests that it is not ceased of the facts in the courts order. Responding to a statement credited to the spokesperson for the DSS, Dr Peter Afunnaya.

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He said the court had asked his client to deposit his passports with the court which has been done; and that for the past three days he has been at the DSS office for hours. Reason being to effect the release of his client which the court ordered should be released to him.

The human rights activist wondered what other conditions the DSS is demanding to be met.

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