After 29 days in DSS custody, five ‘Buhari-Must-Go’ activists breathe air of freedom

After 29 days in DSS custody, five ‘Buhari-Must-Go’ activists breathe air of freedom
#BuhariMustGo activists

The Department of State Services on Tuesday released the five 'Buhari-Must-Go' activists arrested at the Dunamis International Gospel Centre about a month ago.

WuzupNigeria reported that the activists, Ben Manasseh, Anene Udoka, Henry Nwodo, Samuel Larry and Samuel Gabriel, were arrest on July 4 for allegedly wearing #BuhariMustGo T-Shirts.

According to SaharaReporters, the five had filed a contempt suit against the Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Yusuf Bichi, for disobeying the court order granting them bail which was announced by Justice Obiora Egwuatu had on Monday, July 26.

Counsel for the activists, Tope Tomekun, filed the suit on their behalf at a Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday, as the report claimed that the court notice warned that the DSS DG risked being jailed.

Subsequently, the activists have reportedly sued the DSS, the senior pastor of the church, Paul Enenche and others for their unlawful arrest and detention, demanding an award of N10 million each in damages for the violation of their fundamental human rights.

The judge, Justice Anwuli Chikere in his ruling, had ordered that the DSS should release the applicants with immediate effect.

The activists had also filed Form 48 against the DSS boss seeking his committal to jail unless he obeyed the order of the court.

Form 48, otherwise known as contempt of court sighted by SaharaReporters, is titled, "Notice of Consequences of Disobedience to Order of Court."

It reads in part, "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."

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