Mind how you grant requests of those disobeying your orders, Shehu Sani advises Nigerian courts

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Shehu Sani

Nigerian Courts has been advised to review how it grant request of those who have shown disregard for previous orders that are yet to be complied with.

Shehu Sani, a former federal lawmaker, gave the advise two days after the Department of State Services (DSS) refused to release detained Omoyele Sowore, despite meeting his bail conditions, in disregard to the orders of a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, that the detainee be released.

Dear Courts,
If your Order for release of detainees is consistently disobeyed and disregarded,you have to review the manner you generously grant orders for arrest,for detention or for search,” the former lawmaker said in a tweet Saturday morning.

Backstory

The same court which gave the order for his detention had earlier granted the request of the DSS to keep Mr Sowore, who publishes Sahara Reporters, in its custody pending the conclusion of investigation into the planned revolutionary protest being spearheaded by the former presidential candidate.

Although he was picked up before the day it was scheduled to begin, his supporters managed to stage the protest amidst intimidation by security agencies.

A day to the expiration of the 45-day mandate which elapsed on September 21, the federal government filed charges of treason, fraud and money laundering against the opposition candidate.

After the court ordered his release, the DSS refused to free Sowore, frustrating efforts of his legal counsels to get him out of detention.

The court bailiff alongside his lawyers were recently chased away from the headquarters of the security agency.

Mr Sowore is not the only one being detained by agents of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, despite being granted bail by competent court of jurisdiction.

A former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki and the leader of Shiites Movement, Ibrahim El-zakzaky, are some of those who have been freed by the courts but are still being detained by the government citing national security as reason for the continued detention.