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Court asks DSS , AGF why Omoyele Sowore is still detained

The Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday ordered the Director-General of the Department of State Services, Yusuf Bichi, and the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, to explain why the #RevolutionNow protests convener, Omoyele Sowore, was still being detained despite the bail granted by the court.


 Justice Inyang Ekwo made the order in a ruling on an ex parte application filed on Sowore’s behalf by his lawyer, Mr Marshal Abubakar.

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 He adjourned till December 23 to enable the two defendants to the suit filed on behalf of Sowore on December 10, 2019 to appear through their lawyers to state their own sides of the story.

Abubakar had in the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/407/2019, urged the court to order the DSS boss and the AGF to produce Sowore in court “for an unconditional release”  from custody based on the order for his release made by Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu on November 6, 2019.


The DSS and the AGF had charged Sowore and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare, on charges of treasonable felony, before Justice Ojukwu.

But ruling on the application moved by Abubakar on Tuesday, Justice Ekwo said he needed to hear from the two defendants before taking a decision on the request for the “unconditional release” of Sowore.

 He then adjourned the case till December 23 as he directed the Deputy Chief Registrar of the court to serve hearing notices on the two defendants.


 Sowore was re-arrested violently by the operatives of the DSS at the Federal High Court in Abuja on December 6, barely 24 hours of being released from custody that lasted over four months.

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 In an affidavit filed in support of the suit instituted before Justice Ekwo, the deponent, Abubakar, who moved the motion on Tuesday, said Justice Ojukwu, on November 6, 2019, ordered the release of both Sowore and his co-defendant after meeting the bail conditions imposed on them.


He said all efforts to make the DSS to comply with the court’s order were futile as the agency refused to release them.

Sowore’s lead counsel, Mr Femi Falana (SAN), had earlier in a statement on Tuesday, urged the AGF to direct the agency to immediately release the SaharaReporters publisher from “illegal” detention. Punch
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