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Former National Security Adviser (NSA), Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd), has regained his freedom after spending more than four years in detention.
Dasuki was released by the Department of State Services (DSS) on Tuesday in Abuja, following the directive of the Federal Government.
The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Mr Abubakar Malami, had ordered the DSS to release the former NSA, as well as the convener of #RevolutionNow protests, Mr Omoyele Sowore.
In a statement personally signed by him, Malami explained that the decision to release the two men was in compliance with the bail granted to them by the court.
A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and lawyer to the former NSA, Ahmed Raji, confirmed the release of his client.
He thanked the AGF for ordering the DSS to comply with the various court orders granting bail to Dasuki.
Dasuki was arrested in December 2015 over an allegation of diverting $2.1billion arms funds while serving as the National Security Adviser during the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
The appellate court held that the DSS and its Director-General acted outside their constitutional powers on the long period of the detention of a Nigerian citizen and imposed a fine of N5 million on them to be paid to Dasuki as compensation for breach of his fundamental right.
It is freedom at last for Mr Omoyele Sowore as he departs the office of the Department of State Service (DSS) in Abuja.
The convener of #RevolutionNow protests regained his freedom from the DSS custody on the directive of the Federal Government.
He was released moments after the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Mr Abubakar Malami, ordered the DSS to release Sowore and the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd).
Malami explained that the decision to release them was in compliance with the bail granted the two by the court.
Sowore was received by a group of supporters and one Mr Abubakar Marshal, a lawyer from the chambers of Mr Femi Falana.
As he departed from the DSS office, the activist chanted ‘revolution now and forever’, and wished Nigerians a Merry Christmas.
The Federal Government has revealed that the order to the Department of State Security Service (DSS) to release the duo of Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.) and Omoyele Sowore is in compliance with the bail granted to them by the Federal High Court.
In a statement signed personally by the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, the DSS has been directed to comply with the order granting bail.
RELEASE OF COL. SAMBO DASUKI (RTD.) AND OMOYELE SOWORE
The Office of the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation has reviewed the pending criminal charges against the duo of Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.) and Omoyele Sowore.
Whilst the Federal High Court has exercised its discretion in granting bail to the Defendants in respect of the charges against them, I am also not unmindful of the right of the Complainant/Prosecution to appeal or further challenge the grant of bail by the court having regards to extant legal provisions, particularly Section 169 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015.
However, my Office has chosen to comply with the court orders while considering the pursuit of its rights of appeal and/or review of the order relating to the bail as granted or varied by the courts.
In line with the provisions of Sections 150(1) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), and in compliance with the bail granted to Col. Sambo Dasuki (Rtd) (as recently varied by the Court of Appeal) and the bail granted to Omoyele Sowore, I have directed the State Security Services to comply with the order granting bail to the Defendants and effect their release.
The two Defendants are enjoined to observe the terms of their bail and refrain from engaging in any act that is inimical to public peace and national security as well as their ongoing trial which will run its course in accordance with the laws of the land.
I wish to reiterate again the utmost regard of my Office for the entire judicial structure of Nigeria. This administration remains unrelenting in deepening the rule of law and the administration of justice in general.
The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN has said that he is yet to receive any letter from the lawmakers of the United States of America (USA) over the detention of Omoyele Sowore, who was rearrested by the Department of State Services (DSS).
Mr. Sowore and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare, are standing trial on a 16-count bordering on treasonable felony and money laundering amongst other charges.
According to a statement by the Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Office of the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, “foreign policy conventions do not support direct correspondence between the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and serving legislators of a foreign country.”
He stated that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs could be an appropriate Ministry for such correspondence and therefore reiterated the fact that Honourable Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami did not receive such a letter.
“Attorney-General of the Federation finds media reports on the purported claim of such correspondence to his office, peddled by some unscrupulous elements in the society, as not only inappropriate but inaccurate”, the statement said.
“It is essential to put in the record that the so-called letter has not been received at the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN as the close of the work of Friday 20th December 2019.”
The Senate Committee on Judiciary Human Rights and Legal Matters on Thursday asked the Department of State Service (DSS) and Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu to submit a memorandum on the alleged invasion of a Federal High Court within 24 hours.
The Committee also asked the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, Counsel to Omoyele Sowore, Femi Falana, the Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission, Tony Ojukwu, and the Office of the Chief Judge of Federal High Court to each submit a memorandum on the incident.
DSS operatives had allegedly invaded the Federal High Court in Abuja to rearrest publisher of SaharaReporters, Omoyele Sowore few hours after he was released on December 6.
Each of the memoranda is expected to detail the events of the day.
Giving the directive, the Committee Chairman, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele, explained that the panel is unable to hold the scheduled investigative hearing as the Senate suspended all activities in honour of Senator Benjamin Uwajumogu who died in Abuja on Wednesday.
The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has summoned the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, to appear before it over the continued detention of Omoyele Sowore, the convener of #Revolution Now movement.
Justice Inyang Ekwo who issued the summon on Tuesday also ordered the Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Yusuf Bichi, to appear alongside the AGF.
He ordered the minister and the DSS boss to appear before the court to show cause why Sowore should not be released on bail, pending when they would file a charge against him if there was any.
The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, stated on Monday that the Federal Government will not make unilateral decisions with respect to the release of Omoyele Sowore from the custody of the Department of State Service (DSS).
Mr Malami in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations mister Umar Gwandu said that the government is guided by extant laws and tradition of the law in handling legal matters and related litigations.
The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami has ordered the Department of State Services (DSS) off the trial of Omoyele Sowore.
According to a statement by the Special Assistant to the AGF on Media and Public Relations, Mr Umar Gwandu, the order is part of deliberate efforts to probe emerging issues related to the recent imbroglio in Sowore’s case and for speedy dispensation of justice.
The Attorney General’s move follows the outrage sparked by the manner in which the DSS has handled the matter, particularly Sowore’s rearrest.
Before the DSS stormed the court in a bid to rearrest Sowore, hours after releasing him, the agency had come under criticism for its delay in releasing him on bail despite a court order.
Mr Gwandu said the request for the transfer of the case to the office of the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice was contained in a letter dated 11th December, 2019 and addressed to the Director General of the Department of State Services, National Headquarters Abuja.
The letter, which was signed by the Solicitor-General of the Federation Dayo Akpata reads: “The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice upon a further review of the case has directed the immediate takeover of the prosecution of all charges in respect of Omoyole Sowore by the Federal Ministry of Justice in line with the provisions of Sections 150(1) and 174 (1) (a-c) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).”
The letter requested the Director of the DSS to “promptly forward all the case files” in respect of Omoyele Sowore to the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.
The Senate has waded into the controversy surrounding the invasion of the Federal High Court in Abuja.
This comes one week after DSS operatives in at least three pickup trucks stormed the court on Friday last week in a bid to rearrest Mr Omoyele Sowore, barley 24 hours after he was released.
In the process, there was a scuffle as Sowore’s supporters staged a strong resistance after which his lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Femi Falana, stated that it was wrong to make an arrest in court.
Falana later drove Sowore in his vehicle to the DSS office where he was re-arrested and detained.
During Thursday’s plenary, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele from Ekiti State called the attention of the Senate to the matter.
The lawmaker relied on Section 43 of the Senate Standing Orders, saying the incident has raised a lot of concerns in different quarters in the country.
He said, “The leadership and members of the judiciary are particularly concerned about this development because they believe that the courtroom is meant to be a sanctuary.
“For us as a Senate, we cannot analyse issues based on conclusions without facts that we consider technical. Much as we cannot jump into conclusion, also is the fact that we cannot pretend not to know that Nigerians are concerned about this development.”
“Mr President, the reason I came under 43 is so that I will not generate any controversy or even make the Senate debate over an issue as I said earlier, we still need to have facts and evidence.
“As elected representatives of the people in whom Nigerians and including the Judiciary must find their voice, that we mandate our committee on National Security and Intelligence to interface with the security agencies to investigate what happened and report back to the Senate,” Senator Opeyemi proposed.
In his ruling, the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, mandated the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters instead to investigate the incident.
The Committee, which is chaired by Senator Opeyemi, is expected to submit its report by Thursday next week.
The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami says that the Federal Government has ordered an investigation into Friday’s invasion of the Federal High Court in Abuja, by the operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS).
Mr. Malami stated this during a visit to the Federal High Court on Wednesday.
When asked about the invasion, Mr. Malami said: “I am certain of is that the government has put in place a mechanism for investigation of the reported incident.”
Mr. Malami who was in court for a courtesy visit to the Chief Judge of the court, John Tsoho, stressed that he did not visit the Chief Judge over Mr. Omoyele Sowore’s case but to congratulate him on his confirmation by the Senate as the substantive Chief Judge of the Federal High Court.
He said: “It is about tradition and not a coincidence but then the truth of the matter is, I’m not here about Sowore’s case. I’m here to visit his lordship to congratulate him over his appointment but one thing about the judicial process, I think it is not the only case that the federal government is involved”.
Channels Television had reported how the DSS officials invaded a Federal High court on Friday in a bid to rearrest rights activist, Omoyele Sowore.
The Sahara Reporters Publisher had been released Thursday night, after over 100days in detention, based on the order of Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu.
Following the rearrest attempt which has been termed a desecration of court, the government has come under severe criticism for not condemning the invasion and holding the DSS officials accountable.