DSS Insist on Proper Documentation for Sowore's Release
The Department of State Services says it will not release the convener of the "Revolution Now" protest Omoyele Sowore except those who stood for him as surety in court come forward for proper documentation and handover.
The Spokesman of the Service Peter Afunnaya stated this on Tuesday at a press briefing to clear the air on why Sowore was still being held.
He said despite agitations from different sections of the country, legislative act and judicial pronouncement must be enforced.
He also expressed disappointment at some “experienced” individuals for comments made in relation to Sowore’s case.
He said: “If Sowore was granted bail and we said, ‘yes you have been granted bail, now do we bring Sowore at the gate and ask him to go?’ Is it a discharge of responsibility that will do that?”
“People who should take Sowore through proper documentation have not come and they didn’t come, and up till now they didn’t. Rather what some experienced persons, people who ordinarily should be respected came out to say was that some people came and they didn’t see us and we said this and we said that.”
Speaking on the alleged use of gun by the service on protester who demanded the release of Sowore, the DSS Spokesman said it never used guns on the protesters stating that the service have a standard procedure on the use of arms, noting that it has always followed such procedures.
“We have standard operative procedure on the use of arms so our staff couldn’t have used gun on any person.”
“Things were exaggerated, people were casting their opinion to stereotype and profile the service and put it on the path of hate and it is not reasonable.”
“The DSS like I said and I will continue to say is a very responsible organization and it discharges its duty with utmost responsibility and accountability” assured Afunnaya.
The Spokesman further assured that the service will continue to protect the territorial integrity of the country which is its core mandate as enshrined in the constitution.
Sowore was arrested on August 3rd, 2019 after calling for a nationwide protest against the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.