Fresh contempt suit have been instituted by Sahara Reporters Publisher Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare, against the Director-General of the Department of State Services, Yusuf Bichi.
A similar legal action had started earlier, which they did not follow through, following the refusal of Bichi to obey the order of Justice Taiwo Taiwo for the two men’s release from custody after the 45 days period the judge permitted the DSS to hold them in custody expired.
According to them, they have taken fresh legal action and they want Bichi to be jailed for being in contempt of court. Both men, have been held in the custody of the DSS since August 2019, and they want the Federal High Court in Abuja where act.
They had both on November 15 filed separate human rights enforcement suits seeking N500m damages, each, against Bichi and the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, for their refusal to release them.
Concerning the document, Punch correspondent, on Monday saw copies of the contempt suit the applicants had instituted on November 12, 2019, against Bichi, who is the sole defendant in the suit. The copies reflected that the suit was only served on the DSS through one of its officers, Tina James, on Monday, November 25, 2019.
The applicants filed the suit titled, ‘Notice of the consequence of disobedience to court order,’ was instituted on the strength of Order IX and Rule (1-3) of the Judgment (Enforcement) Rules, section 72 of the Sheriff and Civil Process Act, 2004.
It was signed by the Registrar of the court with the court’s stamp dated November 12, 2019.
The application instituted on behalf of the applicants by their team of lawyers led by Mr Femi Falana (SAN), threatened a jail term against Bichi, should he continue to disobey the court order for the release of the two men.