Monday, January 17

5 Activists Arrested From Dunamis Church Spend 28 Days In Cell As DSS Violates Court Order, Bail Conditions

A report by SaharaReporters has shown that five activists who were arrested at the Dunamis International Gospel Centre for wearing #BuhariMustGo T-shirts by the Department of State Services (DSS) have now spent 28 days in detention as the secret police continue to violate court order on their release.

The DSS which dragged them before a Magistrates’ Court in Mpape last Thursday, also refused to allow them to perfect their bail conditions before hurrying them back into detention.

The activists namely Ben Mannaseh; Emmanuel Larry; Victor Udoka Anene; a blind Saxophonist, Samuel Gabriel Iwatonaiye and Henry Nwodohave have spent 28 days in illegal detention.

Human rights activist, Omoyele Sowore, on Sunday reiterated the unjust incarceration of the activists, calling for their immediate release from detention.

SaharaReporters had on Monday reported that Justice Anwuli Chikere of Federal High Court while ruling on the ex parte motion filed ordered the DSS to immediately release the activists from detention.

The DSS was thereafter served the court order by the court bailiff on the same day.

It had been reported that despite a release order from the Federal High Court, the DSS filed charges at a lower Magistrates’ Court in Abuja against the five activists which also granted them bail.

Sowore stated that the DSS was characteristically known for violating court orders and the lower Magistrates’ ought not to have heard the matter brought by the DSS.

He said, “#FreeDunamis5: On July 4th 2021, five young activists wearing #BuhariMustGo T-shirts attended Dr. Paul Enenche’s Dunamis International Gospel Centre in Abuja, they answered the ‘Altar Call,’ received Holy Communion and left the church peacefully but the Dunamis church security pounced on them, dragged them down to the church security posted, forcefully took over their phones and deleted the footage showing they attended the church and left.

“They proceeded to torture them and then invited the most lawless Nigerian secret service also known as ‘DSS’ to pick them up for indefinite detention. These young activists have been through hell as the DSS denied them access to their lawyers, families and medical care.

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