In yet another strange twist, the Department of State Services (DSS) has claimed that it’s yet to release pro-Democray Campaigner and publisher of Sahara Reporters, Owoleye Sowore as it fears he might be knocked down by a moving vehicle while walking out of its premises in Abuja.
The agency spokesman, Peter Afunanya made this known to journalists on Tuesday in Abuja. He claimed that Sowore’s lawyer Femi Falana was yet to come and fetch his from their facility .
Afunanya said, “We cannot just release Sowore and ask him to go because he may be knocked down by a vehicle at the gate.”
Afunanya claimed that Mr Falana had not come to the agency’s office in Abuja since his client was granted bail, though Mr Falana promptly denied this.
He insisted that the agency was following proper procedure by asking the securities to come forward for proper documentation.
He said “We respect rules and orders of the court, there was never a time the director said he would not release Sowore”
Sowore is still being held by the secret police despite two court orders directing the agency to release him after meeting bail conditions on both occasions.
Falana says the director-general of the DSS has stopped taking his calls.
“I confirm that I have an official relationship with the DG of SSS. But since the commencement of the case of Sowore and Bakare, the DG has refused to pick my calls while I have since become a persona non grata in the office of the SSS,” Falana said.
Sowore was arrested last August in Lagos, for asking Nigerians to take to the street for a peaceful protest against the government of President Buhari