The Department of State Security Services, DSS, has on Tuesday said that it cannot release Omoyele Sowore, the Convener of the RevolutionNow Movement, from its detention facility, because he may be knocked down by a vehicle on his way out.
The DSS Spokesperson, Peter Afunanya, made the disclosure while addressing Journalists, in Abuja.
Afunanya said: “We cannot just release Sowore and ask him to go, because he may be knocked down by a vehicle at the gate.”
Pointing out that Sowore’s Lawyer, Femi Falana, is yet to come forward and fetch him from their facility, Afunanya stated that the Senior Lawyer has not been to the Headquarters of the Service, since the Activist was granted bail.
He maintained that the Secret Police is following administrative procedures, by insisting that Sowore’s Sureties come forward for proper documentation.
“We respect rules and orders of the court, and there was never a time the Director-General said he would not release Sowore”, he said.
Sowore is currently held in the custody of the Secret Police, against a court order.
A Federal High Court in Abuja, had recently ordered for the release of Sowore, alongside Olawale Adebayo.
However, the DSS is yet to comply with the order, and claimed that no Surety has come to take Sowore on bail.
A few weeks ago, a group of protesters, led by Deji Adeyanju, alleged that they were given N1 million to stop the protest demanding Sowore’s release. The DSS however, said that it will release Sowore, if his Sureties come forward for documentation.