The Department of State Security (DSS) has been ordered to within 24 hours release Omoyele Sowore and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare.
The ultimatum was handed to the DSS by the Abuja Federal High Court, presided over by Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu on Thursday.
The judge gave the order as the court resumed on Thursday to commence the defendants’ trial on charges of treasonable felony as earlier scheduled.
She said the DSS had no justifiable reason to still keep the defendants in its custody after she signed the warrants for the defendants’ release.
Consequently, the judge adjourned the trial till Friday.
According to the judge, the prosecution was the reason for the adjournment for failing to comply with the November 6 order of the court to serve some documents on the defence team led by Mr. Femi Falana (SAN).
Justice Ojukwu further awarded the cost of N100,000 against the prosecution to be paid to the defendants for foisting “frivolous adjournment” on the court.
She said the cost must be paid before the next hearing which is Friday.
Not minding the court order, the DSS which brought the defendants to court, returned with them at the end of court proceedings.
Join the conversation
INVESTIGATION… Ten years after, communities count losses as AfDB, Cross River govt abandon road project
Ten years after the Cross River State government and African Development Bank (AFDB) jointly awarded the Yahe-Wanokom-Wanikade-Benue border road for...
INVESTIGATION….N.3bn down the drain: Why water projects for Enugu communities don’t work
In this concluding part, ARINZE CHIJIOKE talks about some of the projects that are serving the people and how various WASH programmes have failed to tackle...
INVESTIGATION…PARKVIEW ESTATE: Exclusive images of how billionaire property developer incurred Lagos govt‘s anger
Many have seen the demolished building, but not many know the circumstances that led to the teardown of the about...
INVESTIGATION… N.3bn down the drain, as Enugu communities suffer from dry taps
In November 2020, three organizations and the Enugu State government celebrated the completion of N300 million worth of projects that were expected...
INVESTIGATION… How herdsmen crisis compounds woes of already deprived Ogun communities
Earlier in January, the Nigerian media space was awash with reports of violence between herders and farmers across the country....