DSS disrespect for court orders unfortunate, says NBA
- Demands release of Sowore, others
The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has described as unfortunate the various acts of impunity and disobedience to court orders by the Department of State Security (DSS).
The association why calling for the immediate release of the convener of #RevolutionNow, Omoyele Sowore and others in what it described as illegal detention, described the DSS’ habit of disrespect for court orders as unfortunate.
National Publicity Secretary of the NBA, Kunle Edun, who disclosed this in a statement on Sunday, added that such conduct by the DSS could not be condoned in a country where its President, in the person of Muhammadu Buhari, professed at the recently concluded United Nations General Assembly to respect the human rights of citizens.
“The NBA recalls that the DSS found it convenient to approach the Federal High Court in ensuring the detention of Omoyele Sowore for more than 50 days but has since comfortably refused to comply with the order of the same Court directing the release of Citizen Omoyele Sowore.
“This is unacceptable in a country where there are laws and a nation which Head of State recently professed at the recently concluded United Nations General Assembly to respect the human rights of citizens.”
Calling for the release of Sowore, the NBA noted that “the Department of State Security is cutting for herself the notorious image of an agency that enjoys treating judicial process with disdain, particularly as it pertains to obeying orders of courts enforcing the fundamental rights of Nigerians.”
NBA also recalled that Sambo Dasuki was still in detention in spite of various court orders.
“The Nigerian Bar Association, therefore, calls for the immediate release of Citizen Omoyele Sowore in terms of the order of the Federal High Court made on the 24th September 2019, and other Nigerians who have been languishing in DSS detention centres without any charge.”