Efforts to secure freedom for pro-democracy activist and Publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, were unsuccessful on Wednesday as the DSS refused to attend to the bail directive.
Lawyers for Sowore were unable to secure his release from the Department of State Servics despite perfecting his bail condition and securing a court order to that effect.
Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court, Abuja, had issued an order directing the DSS to immediately release Sowore, and Olawale Bakare widely known as Mandate, after the two of them perfected their bail conditions.
However, upon arriving at the DSS facility around 4:30pm, the court’s bailiff, alongside Sowore’s lawyers, were turned back as DSS officials claimed they had closed for the day since 3:30pm – one hour before the court official and lawyers arrived.
The security officials said they could therefore no longer process the order for the day.
The bailiff and Sowore’s lawyers were asked to return to the DSS facility on Thursday by 10:30am to serve the order.
The DSS is charging Sowore on seven counts bordering on treasonable felony, cyberstalking President Muhammadu Buhari among other offences.
The defendants’ trial was earlier adjourned to December 5 and 6 for trial.