Why DSS hasn’t released Sowore, Bakare


Amid public outrage over the delay in releasing the publisher of Saharareporters Omoyele Sowore and his associate, Mandate Bakare, the Department of State Services has come out to ask their sureties to come and pick them.

A Federal High Court had on Wednesday granted them bail but DSS refused to receive the papers at its headquarters in Abuja from the bailiff.

Though it received the papers on Thursday, the agency still held onto both men, whom it arraigned for alleged treasonable felony.

Sowore then declared a hunger strike, saying he would neither accept food nor receive visitors till they are released.

In Friday, the spokesman for DSS, Dr. Peter Afunanya, said: “The Department of State Services (DSS) wishes to confirm that it has received the Court Order for the release of Omoyele SOWORE. 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 (fwc), as the Director General, is not a lawless organization 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.”