The 5 activists arrested on the Dunamis International Gospel Centre, Abuja and detained by the Department of State Services (DSS) have lastly regained their freedom.
SaharaReporters learnt that the activists regained their freedom on Tuesday, 30 days after their arrest and detention within the custody of the DSS.
The 5 had filed a contempt swimsuit in opposition to the Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Yusuf Bichi, for disobeying the court docket order granting them bail.
Their lawyer, Tope Tomekun, filed the swimsuit on their behalf at a Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday.
Justice Obiora Egwuatu had on Monday, July 26, granted bail to 5 activists who have been arrested and detained by the DSS since July 4, 2021 for sporting T-shirts with inscription #BuhariMustGo to the church.
The court docket discover warned that the DSS DG risked being jailed.
The DSS had arrested Ben Mannaseh; Emmanuel Larry; Victor Udoka Anene; a blind saxophonist, Samuel Gabriel Iwatonaiye and Henry Nwodohave on July 4 on the church premises in Abuja for sporting #BuhariMustGo branded shirts
The activists subsequently sued the DSS, the senior pastor of the church, Paul Enenche and others for his or her illegal arrest and detention.
They additionally requested the court docket to award N10 million every in damages for the violation of their basic human rights.
The decide, Justice Anwuli Chikere in his ruling, had ordered that the DSS ought to launch the candidates with rapid impact.
The activists had additionally filed Form 48 in opposition to the DSS boss looking for his committal to jail except he obeyed the order of the court docket.
Form 48, in any other case often called contempt of court docket sighted by SaharaReporters, is titled, “Notice of Consequences of Disobedience to Order of Court.”
It reads partly, “Take notice that unless you obey the directions contained in this endorsed order (herein with endorsed). You shall be guilty of contempt of court and shall be liable to be committed to prison.”
SaharaReporters had reported final Thursday that as an alternative of complying with the preliminary order, the lawless secret company hurriedly arraigned the activists on prices of disturbance of public peace which was to earn a face-saving justification for protecting them in custody.
Brought earlier than the Justice of the Peace for arraignment on Wednesday, the defendants pleaded not responsible to the costs.
Their lawyer subsequently utilized for his or her bail.
Ruling, the Justice of the Peace, Mohammed Zubairu, granted bail to the defendants within the sum of N500,000 with a surety every however the DSS operatives hurriedly drove the activists away earlier than earlier than they may good the bail circumstances.
Human rights activist, Omoyele Sowore, talking after their launch, famous, “We want to appreciate everyone who stood firmly by these young men and the #Revolutionnow movement during their unjust incarceration-torture and dehumanisation in the hands of Dr. Paul Enenche’s church security before they were handed over to the DSS.
“The lawsuit in pursuit of justice for the 5 revolutionaries will proceed on the Federal High Court and administrative sanctions might be pursued in opposition to the Magistrate that ignored a superior court docket order ordering their launch in addition to the three DSS legal professionals who flagrantly ignored the upper court docket orders to arraign them earlier than the Magistrate.
“Their lawyers will also pursue a contempt of court proceeding against the DG of DSS, Yusuf Bichi Mogaji in coming days. Special thanks to the lead lawyer in the case, Barrister Tope Tomekun and his team for a marvellous job challenging the authoritarian regime relentlessly!”