Nigeria’s State Security Service has denied claims by lawyers representing the detained publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, that they were being prevented from taking Mr Sowore after meeting his bail conditions on Wednesday.
The SSS spokesperson, Peter Afunaya, in a text message midnight Wednesday said the claims by Mr Sowore’s lawyers that the publisher was denied bail after meeting his conditions were false.
“This not true. The SSS has not been informed by the judicial authorities or any legal representatives that the bail conditions have been met accordingly. The media shouldn’t allow itself to be used as agents of misinformation,” Mr Afunaya said.
The SSS spokesperson was responding to questions sent to his phone line a lawyer representing Mr Sowore, Emmanuel Ogala, said that they were prevented from taking Mr Sowore after fulfilling his bail conditions Wednesday evening.
“The judge, Ijeoma Ojukwu, has signed his release warrant but the SSS claim they have closed. We were told that they close at 3:30 p.m.,” Mr Ogala said.
A similar argument had ensued when Mr Sowore was first granted bail by the same court, presided over by another judge, Taiwo Taiwo. After Mr Sowore’s lawyers said they were barred from taking the publisher and rights activist, the SSS described the claim as false and added that it had not received a formal communication regarding Mr Sowore’s release order at the time.Photo Credit: Getty