Some lawyers who filed contempt charges against DSS Director-General Yusuf Bichi on Tuesday were referred to as “charge and bail lawyers” by the Department of State Services.
The allegations regarding Godwin Emefiele, the suspended former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, were brought by the lawyers Maxwell Opara and Ahmed Tijani.
The body claimed that the lawyers were led by a “overzealous and uninformed IPOB/ESN lawyer” in a series of tweets made on its Twitter handle.
It said, “Charge and bail, overzealous uninformed IPOB/ESN lawyer Maxwell Okpara mobilises other like-minded lawyers against DGSS. Futile Efforts. Well, Nigerians, beware! This is in bad faith. Transferred aggression.
“A Biafran Republic agitator and Outlawed IPOB counsel defending the suspended CBN Governor. Is IPOB defending one of theirs?
“What a contradiction. what’s the connection? Is someone telling us something? May Maxwell be properly educated on points of law, please.”
Opara and some other lawyers had filed the contempt charge against Bichi alleging disobedience to multiple judgments and orders of the court directing the release of Emefiele from the custody of the agency.
They anchored the suit filed on the alleged violation of multiple judgements ordering the release of Mr Emefiele, and prayed the court to jail Bichi for contempt.