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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

How i found out i had been granted bail says Omoyele Sowore

Details have emerged as to how pro-democracy campaigner and Convener of RevolutionNow movement, Omoyele Sowore, found out that he had been granted bail on Tuesday by the Federal High Court in Abuja.

Sowore was granted bail by Justice Taiwo Taiwo on the condition that he deposits his international passport with the court and that he is produced whenever needed by his lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN).

Speaking with Sahara Reporters at the facility of the Department of State Services where he is being held in Abuja, Sowore said, "On Tuesday morning, I was asked to dress up by men of the DSS in preparation for my arraignment.

"I got dressed and was ready to go to court but was left unattended to for several hours by the DSS with no communication as to the change in plans of the arraignment until evening when visitors came around and told me that I had been granted bail."

Sowore however, expressed skepticism on the will to carry out the court ruling by the Nigerian Government famed for disregarding court orders.

While thanking his supporters, he urged them not to relent in the demand for freedom and justice for every citizen arbitrarily detained by the Nigerian Government.

Sowore was arrested in Lagos on August 3, 2019 by operatives of the DSS for calling on Nigerians to pour out to the streets to express their anger at the poor state of governance in the country.  (Saharareporters)

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