The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Monday issued a warning to the Department of State Services over the continuous incarceration of Omoyele Sowore, the publisher of Sahara Reporters.
The court, in its letter, stated the consequences of the continued detention of Sowore and his associate, Olawale Bakare.
“Notice of consequences of disobedience to order of court. Take notice that unless you obey the direction contained in the order of the Federal High Court of Justice, Abuja made on the 6th November, 2019, which ordered you to release the defendants/Applicants in suit no: FHC/ABJ/CR/235/2019 forthwith, you will be guilty of contempt of court and will be liable to be committed to prison.
“A copy of the said order of court earlier served on you is hereby annexed for your on-the spot reference.
“This court has been informed that even as at today, Tuesday the 26th November, 2019 you are yet to comply with the lawful order of the Federal High Court by refusing to release the defendants/applicants namely: Omoyele Stephen Sowore and Olawale Adebayo Bakare (Mandate) in your custody.
“You are hereby directed to comply with the court order forthwith or you will be guilty of contempt of court,’’ the letter noted.
The letter was said to have been received on behalf of the security operatives by a lady identified as Tina James.