Court Fixes March 25 To Hear Sowore, Bakare’s Suit Against Malami, Bichi

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A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has fixed March 25, 2020, for the hearing of the N1 billion fundamental rights enforcement suit filed by activist and publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, and Olawale Bakare.

The duo filed their separate suits against the Director-General of the Department of State Service, Yusuf Bichi, and the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, over their alleged illegal detention, prior to their release in December 2019.

Sowore and Bakare are being prosecuted by the Federal Government on charges of treasonable felony, in November 2019.

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Operatives of the DSS arrested Mr Sowore in Lagos on August 2, 2019, and Bakare in Osogbo, Osun State, on August 5, 2019, for organising a protest tagged #RevolutionNow, which the Federal Government alleged was aimed at toppling the regime of the President, Muhammadu Buhari.

At the resumed hearing of their fundamental rights enforcement suits, Justice Inyang Ekwo in separate proceedings fixed the hearing of the two suits for March 25 after granting the applications for the regularisation of some processes filed out of time by the parties.

Messrs Sowore and Bakare who were detained in the custody of the DSS from August to December 2019 are demanding N500m damages each in their separate suits.

The applicants also want the court to declare that their arrest without warrant of arrest “is illegal as it violates” their fundamental right ‘to personal liberty’.

Court Summons AGF, DSS Boss Over Sowore’s Rearrest

Omoyele Sowore                                       Abubakar Malami                            Yusuf Bichi

 

 

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has summoned the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, to appear before it over the continued detention of Omoyele Sowore, the convener of #Revolution Now movement.

Justice Inyang Ekwo who issued the summon on Tuesday also ordered the Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Yusuf Bichi, to appear alongside the AGF.

He ordered the minister and the DSS boss to appear before the court to show cause why Sowore should not be released on bail, pending when they would file a charge against him if there was any.

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The judge issued the summon following an application filed by Mr Sowore to challenge his rearrest and continued detention by the DSS.

Sowore was rearrested on December 6, within the premises of the Federal High Court Abuja, barely a few hours of coming out of four-month custody at the DSS.

However, in an exparte application dated December 15 and filed by his lawyer and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Femi Falana, he is challenging his continued detention by the Federal Government.

When the matter was called on Tuesday, Justice Ekwo noted that he has seen all processes filed by the applicant and adjourned the case until December 23, 2019, for hearing.

The judge, in addition, ordered the service of both the court processes and order on the respondents.

Sowore and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare, are standing trial on a 16-count bordering on treasonable felony and money laundering amongst other charges.

They have since pleaded not guilty and were granted bail in the sum of N100 million and N30 million respectively.

The DSS had refused to release them on bail even after they met their bail application, forcing Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu to issue a 24-hour order for their release.

Sowore was, however, rearrested on December 6 shortly after he was released on bail by the DSS over a yet to be disclosed offence.

New DSS DG Meets With Osinbajo, Keeps Mum After Meeting

 

The New Director General of the Director of State Services (DSS), Yusuf Bichi, on Tuesday met with the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo at the state house in Abuja.

Details of the meeting are yet unknown as he declined speaking with the media.

Mr Bichi who was appointed on September 13, replaces Mr Matthew Seiyeifa who has been in the acting capacity after the dismissal of Lawal Daura.

Buhari Appoints Yusuf Bichi As New DSS DG

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Yusuf Magaji Bichi as the new Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS).

The appointment takes effect from Friday, September 14, 2018.

Mr Bichi will replace Mr Matthew Seiyeifa who has been in the acting capacity after the dismissal of Lawal Daura.

In a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, on Thursday said Mr Bichi is a core Secret Service operative.

He attended Danbatta Secondary School, the Kano State College of Advanced Studies and the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where he graduated with a degree in Political Science.

He began his career in the security division of the Cabinet Office in Kano, from where he joined the defunct Nigerian Security Organization (NSO), the precursor of the present DSS.

Mr Bichi has undergone training in intelligence processing analysis, agent handling recruitment and intelligence processing in the UK, as well as strategic training at the National Defence College.

Mr Shehu stated that that new DSS boss is skilled in intelligence gathering, research analysis, conflict management, general investigation, risk and vulnerability operations, counterintelligence and protective operation and human resources management.

In the course of his career, Mr Bichi has worked as the State Director of Security in Jigawa, Niger, Sokoto and Abia States.

He was at various times the Director, National Assembly Liaison, (National War College), Director at National Headquarters in the Directorate of Security Enforcement, Directorate of Operations, Directorate of Intelligence, Directorate of Inspection and Directorate of Administration and Finance.

Bichi also served as a Director at State Service Academy.