The Whole World Is Watching, Twitter Reacts As DSS Rearrest Sowore

 

The rearrest of Mr Omoyele Sowore, convener of #RevolutionNow movement by operatives of the Department of State Security Services (DSS), has sparked outbursts on twitter.

Sowore was released on Thursday after months in DSS detention, following an order by Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court, who gave the security agency a 24-hour ultimatum.

He was rearrested and whisked away at the court premises and taken to the office of the DSS where he is being detained.

READ ALSO: Sowore’s Rearrest: ‘This Has Never Happened Before’, Falana Slams DSS

Some popular Nigerians on a social media messaging platform, twitter have attacked the security agency and the Federal Government for disrespecting the sanctity of the Judiciary.

Popular activist, Comrade Deji Adeyanju condemned the act and informed that a strategy meeting with other lawyers and activists is ongoing and Nigerians will be updated.

“We are in a meeting strategizing on what next to do on Sowore. We will keep you informed. We cannot continue like this as a nation.
“Nigeria is not a jungle.”

Former Presidential candidates, Fela Durotoye of the Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN) and Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) reacted to the rearrest describing it as a savage act by the DSS operatives.

“This savage act by the DSS operatives just proved to the whole world that the Executive arm of the Federal Government has no respect for the Judiciary and no regard for the rule of law & separation of powers.”

“President @MBuhari, the whole world is watching the video of officials of the State Security Service which you directly supervise, brutally violate the constitutional rights of a citizen @YeleSowore inside a court and desecrated our Judiciary- an independent arm of government.”

The rearrest of Sowore, according to Kayode Ogundamisi, an Anti-Corruption Campaigner is counter-productive and ill-advised.

“Attempts by the DSS to re-arrest @YeleSowore and Bakare in court is counterproductive and ill-advised, it appears all the DSS want is to keep both Sowore and Bakare in perpetuity. @[email protected] & @ProfOsinbajo should listen to wise counsel. Direct he DSS to obey the law.”

Sowore’s rearrest which was caught on camera, drew the attention of many, including Nedu Ekeke of the Bring Back Our Girls Campaign.

“I’m having goosebumps watching that video. OMG! Have you @ProfOsinbajo seen the video of how DSS abducted Sowore in an open court? Before a sitting judge? If @MBuhari is unaware of the implication of that action, are you, dear professor of Law, also unaware?”

Popular social commentator, JJ Omojuwa, said that the treatment of Sowore shows a disregard for the rule of law by the Buhari-led administration.

“This is @MBuhari‘s legacy. When he is out of power, this will rank as the one thing he’d wish never happened. This is a blatant disregard for the rule of law, order & justice. A government shouldn’t take the law in its hands. @ProfOsinbajo this is a shared legacy #FreeSoworeNow”

Other users, including the President of The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Bello Shagari expressed their views on the matter, including an advise for the #RevolutionNow convener, Mr. Sowore.

“I really expected Sowore to have flown back to retreat in New York as soon as he was released. Doing so would not have been cowardly but strategic.”

A twitter user, M. Abba aired a contrary view, asking Mr. Sowore to reap from what he allegedly said about former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2014.

“Jonathan is worst Nigerian leader” ~Sowore 12 July 2014 The same Sowore who backed Buhari in 2015 was detained for more than 100 days without given bail, under Buhari’s admin He was finally released and rearrested in a courtroom under Buhari’s admin Reap what you sow.”

 

UPDATED: DSS Re-Arrests, Detains Sowore

Operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) on Friday morning re-arrested the convener of #RevolutionNow, Omoyele Sowore, and his co-defendant Olawale Bakare.

They are currently being detained at the DSS office in Abuja.

The DSS is yet to disclose the reason for the re-arrest.

Sowore was re-arrested following an earlier attempt by DSS operatives to arrest him inside the courtroom of a Federal High Court in Abuja.

The re-arrest attempt turned rowdy inside the courtroom as Sowore’s supporters, legal team shielded him from the DSS operatives.

 

See video and photos of Sowore struggling with DSS operatives in the courtroom.

After a stand-still that lasted over three hours inside the courtroom, Sowore’s lawyer, Mr Femi Falana insisted that the arrest should be effected outside the court premises.

Mr Falana in a phone conversation told Channels Television that the DSS claimed they wanted to ask Sowore a few questions but ended up detaining him and his co-defendant, Bakare.

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DSS Attempt To Re-Arrest Sowore Inside Courtroom

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His re-arrest comes barely 24 hours after he was released alongside his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare.

They were released at exactly 7:15 pm on Thursday, hours after Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court in Abuja, had expressed displeasure over their continued detention by the agency.

Subsequently, Ojukwu ordered that the defendants be released within the next 24 hours and adjourned the case till Friday, December 6, for a report of compliance.

Sowore, a presidential candidate in the February 2019 elections, was arrested on August 3, just days to a planned protest tagged #revolutionnow against “bad governance” in the country.

Both he and his co-defendant are facing seven counts bordering on conspiracy to commit treasonable felony in breach of Section 516 of the Criminal Code Act, money laundering and cybercrimes, among others.

They pleaded not guilty to the charge and were granted bail on October 4, in the sum of N100m and N50m respectively with two sureties in like sum.

They, however, were not released until yesterday and re-arrested today.

‘They Tried To Break Me In Prison’

Mr Sowore earlier on Friday before his re-arrest told Channels Television that the Department of State Service (DSS) has threatened to kill him.

He claimed that the DSS had told him that he will not walk out of their detention alive.

“It might be my only word on the record before they kill me; this is an attempt to assassinate me in court. They came with guns and they tried to shoot and they dragged me down in front of a judge after I have been granted bail.

“I said it that these are a bunch of lawless people and they were reluctant to respect the order of the court. Now they have shown it to the whole world.

“They tried to break me in prison, sent delegations to me, offering all kinds of things and I refused and they promised that I will not walk out of their detention alive and that is what they have come to implement today,” Sowore said.

Watch the video below…

 

 ‘This Has Never Happened Before In Nigeria’

Lead Counsel and human rights lawyer, Femi Falana in reaction to Sowore’s re-arrest described the situation as extremely embarrassing “because it has never happened in Nigeria where you enter a court to arrest anybody, even an alleged coup plotter.”

Falana in a phone conversation with Channels TV expressed dismay at the actions of the DSS attempting to arrest his client inside the courtroom.

He also narrated the build-up to Sowore and Bakare’s rearrest.

Watch video below…

DSS Attempt To Re-Arrest Sowore Inside Courtroom

Operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) on Friday morning attempted to re-arrest convener of #RevolutionNow, Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare inside the courtroom of a Federal High Court in Abuja.

The situation turned rowdy as Sowore’s supporters shielded him from the DSS operatives.

Channels TV judiciary correspondent who was also inside the courtroom was hit during the fracas.

“The police people and DSS just hit me because I was trying to take a shot of them dragging Sowore,” she said.

Attempt to re-arrest Sowore comes barely 24 hours after his release.

Sowore and Bakare were released at exactly 7:15 pm on Thursday, hours after Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court in Abuja expressed displeasure over their continued detention by the agency.

Subsequently, Ojukwu ordered that the defendants be released within the next 24 hours and adjourned the case till Friday, December 6, for a report of compliance.

Sowore, a presidential candidate in the February 2019 elections, was arrested on August 3, just days to a planned protest tagged #revolutionnow against “bad governance” in the country.

Both he and his co-defendant are facing seven counts bordering on conspiracy to commit treasonable felony in breach of Section 516 of the Criminal Code Act, money laundering and cybercrimes, among others.

They pleaded not guilty to the charge and were granted bail on October 4, in the sum of N100m and N50m respectively with two sureties in like sum.

They, however, were not released until yesterday.

VIDEO: Sowore Accuses DSS Of Trying To Assassinate Him

 

Convener of the #revolutionnow movement, Mr. Omoyele Sowore, has alleged that the Department of State Service (DSS) has threatened to kill him after his release on Thursday night.

Mr. Sowore and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare, were released when Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court in Abuja, gave an order at the scheduled commencement of the defendants’ trial on charges of treasonable felony.

The drama in court today started when operatives of DSS tried to rearrest Mr. Sowore and Mr. Bakare in front of Justice Ojukwu.

Mr. Sowore, in an interview with Channels TV correspondent, said that the DSS had allegedly told him that he will not walk out of their detention alive.

“It might be my only word on the record before they kill me; this is an attempt to assassinate me in court. They came with guns and they tried to shoot and they dragged me down in front of a judge after I have been granted bail.

“I said it that these are a bunch of lawless people and they were reluctant to respect the order of the court. Now they have shown it to the whole world.

“They tried to break me in prison, sent delegations to me, offering all kinds of things and I refused and they promised that I will not walk out of their detention alive and that is what they have come to implement today.”

However, the DSS is yet to deny or counter the allegations made by Mr Sowore.

RELATED: DSS Attempt To Re-Arrest Sowore Inside Courtroom

The #RevolutionNow convener urged Nigerians not to be afraid and some people have to make the sacrifice for the Country to work.

“What is important for Nigerians to know is that I am not going to give up until every Nigerian benefit from a country that is theirs and I have made it very clear.

“Nobody in Nigeria should be afraid, it is our country and some people have to make the sacrifice for this country to be a country of rule, law and of dignity; and this also involves even judges, if suspects who have been given bail are not safe in court, the judges themselves are not safe.”

He explained that the sudden exit of justice Ojukwu is due to the manner at which the DSS operatives had caused a scene inside the courtroom.

“That is why the judge had to retire hurriedly into her chambers.

“We urge you to hang around so that you can witness this historic day in Nigeria.”

Sowore, a presidential candidate in the February 2019 elections, was arrested on August 3, just days to a planned protest against “bad governance” in the country.

Both he and his co-defendant are facing seven counts bordering on conspiracy to commit treasonable felony in breach of Section 516 of the Criminal Code Act, money laundering and cybercrimes, amongst others.

They pleaded not guilty to the charge and were granted bail on October 4, in the sum of N100m and N50m respectively with two sureties in like sum.

They, however, were not released until yesterday.

Court Threatens To Jail DSS Boss Over Sowore’s Continued Detention

Convener of #RevolutionNow Protest, Mr Omoyele Sowore, at the Federal High Court in Abuja on September 30, 2019. Photo: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has threatened to jail the Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Yusuf Bichi, over the continued detention of the convener of the #revolutionnow movement, and his co-accused Olawale Bakare.

Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu gave the warning on Monday after previously issuing a “notice of consequences of disobedience of court order,” on the DSS.

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The court warned that unless the DSS director general obeyed the order of the Federal High Court ordering him to release the defendants, he would be guilty of contempt of court and will be liable to be committed to prison.

Sowore was arrested on August 3, 2019 for planning a protest which gained public attention under the hashtag #revolutionnow and has been in detention since then.

Although they had been granted bail twice, both Sowore and Bakare have still not been released by the DSS, which insists that Sowore would only be released to his sureties.

Meanwhile, Sowore has also filed a suit against the agency demanding N500 million for illegally detaining him and violating his fundamental human rights.

Protesters Storm DSS Headquarters Over Continued Detention Of Sowore, Bakare

 

A group of protesters have stormed the headquarters of the Department of State Services (DSS) over the continued detention of the convener of the #RevolutionNow protest, Omoyele Sowore, and Bakare.

This comes days after the DSS failed to comply with a Federal High Court’s order for their release, following a bail application.

The service had claimed that it was yet to receive the order as at Friday November 8.

The Public Relations Officer of the Service, Dr Peter Afunanya however, later confirmed that they had been served the bail order, but were yet to release the accused because nobody turned up to receive them.

But contrary to the claims of the DSS, counsel to Sowore, Mr Femi Falana, noted that they deliberately refused to release his clients despite lawyers waiting at the agency’s headquarters for up to four hours on Friday.

He, thereafter, stated that two lawyers from his law firm had been directed to contact the management of the DSS for the release of their clients by 10:00 am on Saturday (November 9).

They were, however, still not released to the lawyers.


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A member of the legal team, Barrister Marshal Abubakar, who led a team of family members to the headquarters of the DSS to receive him, confirmed this to Channels Television.

Abubakar said after putting calls across through to some high ranking DSS officials, they were told to wait, as the persons who could authorise Sowore’s release were unavailable.

Frustrated with the process, after nearly a week of the court order, supporters have now stormed the DSS office over the continued detention.

Deji Adeyanju is among those who have arrived at the venue.

#RevolutionNow: Court Varies Sowore’s Bail Condition

 

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has varied the bail conditions for the convener of the #RevolutionNow protest, Omoyele Sowore, and his co-defendant, Mr Olawale Bakare.

Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu who delivered a ruling on a motion filed by their counsel, Mr Femi Falana on their behalf, explained that she was persuaded to vary the bail conditions only as far as it concerns the deposit of the fifty million bail security by one of the sureties for mister Sowore in her bail order three weeks ago.

She also ruled that all other bail conditions remain the same, while the bail bond for Mr Olawale Bakare would be reduced from N50 million to N20 million.

Thereafter, the case was adjourned to November 6 and 7.

Justice Ojukwu had on October 4 granted bail to Mr Sowore to the tune of N100 million and two sureties in like sum.

Other conditions included that he must deposit his travel documents and also not leave Abuja without the court’s permission during the pendency of his case.

Read Also: Court Grants Sowore, Bakare N150m Bail

At the commencement of the hearing on Monday, his counsel, Mr Falana, informed the court of the motion seeking a variation of the bail conditions.

He noted that the motion is being supported by a four-paragraph affidavit, a written address and an exhibit which is the ruling of the court granting bail.

He further stated that the application is to pray the court to vary the conditions for the bail of his client with respect to a condition which requires one of the sureties to deposit 50 million.

He referred the court to the case of Colonel Dasuki where the court imposed the same conditions and the appeal court ruled that the condition was excessive.

According to him, the appeal court held that in a situation where bail can be granted, it should not be unworkable, unbearable and difficult to meet.

He also referred to the ruling of Justice Taiwo Taiwo where the court asked that he is released to Mr Falana, and his passport is deposited, adding that that order has not been set aside.

According to him, the prosecution had disobeyed this order without any explanation.

With respect to the order restricting him to Abuja, Falana said Sowore has no house in Abuja but has one in Lagos.

He added that there is no counter-affidavit challenging the claim of the applicant.

Mr Falana said the court had granted bail 17 days ago and all efforts to meet it have failed because of the stringency of the conditions.

He added that the applicant teaches at a college of visual arts in the United States and is also a journalist who needs to earn a living during the pendency of the case.

He also referred the court to the case of Mr Jones Abiri where the court reviewed the bail conditions to enable him meet bail.

According to him, the applicant in that case was facing a capital offence and the court still varied it.

Responding to the arguments, the prosecutor Mr Hassan Liman said the application has no affidavit as the facts on the affidavit are information extracted from the applicant and not the person who deposed to the affidavit.

He argued that the deponent is Akin Sowore who was never at the facility of the State Security Service.

Mr Liman further stated that the affidavit in the further motion was deposed by one Marshal Abubakar who said he was at the facility of the DSS.

He added that having shown the court that the deponents of the affidavit did not go to the DSS facility, the motion was not valid because there was no affidavit backing it.

He, therefore asked that the application be dismissed for having no valid affidavit.

The prosecutor also noted that the evidence attached was not sufficient to prove that he is a teacher in the United States.

Furthermore, he stated that assuming the court agrees that the motion is valid, the court should in the alternative hold that the cases cited by the applicant are inapplicable in this case.

According to him, this is a different case because the applicant has not even met the bail conditions

He also told the court that having chanted revolution after the hearing if his case on the day of arraignment such a person should not be allowed to address the media or partake on any rally.

On the issue that he was granted bail by Justice Taiwo Taiwo, Mr Liman said that the case at that time was on whether or not the defendant can remain in the custody of the DSS and that order was made before arraignment.

Liman maintained that Sowore was arraigned on the 30th of September and later granted bail, but the bail has now been overtaken by events.

According to him, what the court needs to decide on now, is whether or not the applicant has satisfied the condition to merit a variation in bail conditions.

Responding on points of law, Mr Falana said Section 45 deals with national security and there is nothing in this case that has a bearing on national security.

He maintained that using the word ‘Revolution’ as stated by the prosecution, has nothing to do with national security as even the president has used the word in the past and it is in the record of court.

After listening to the arguments, the trial judge gave the order.

#RevolutionNow: Court Commences Hearing Of Sowore’s Motion On Bail Conditions

When A Country Is Rotten, You Cannot Fix It By Going To The Local Govt – Sowore
A file photo of Mr Omoyele Sowore.

 

The hearing in a motion filed by the convener of the #RevolutionNow protests, Omoyele Sowore, seeking a variation in his bail conditions has commenced.

Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu had on October 4 granted bail to Mr Sowore to the tune of N100 million and two sureties in like sum.

Other conditions included that he must deposit his travel documents and also not leave Abuja without the court’s permission during the pendency of his case.

Read Also: Court Grants Sowore, Bakare N150m Bail

At the commencement of the hearing on Monday, his counsel, Mr Femi Falana, informed the court of the motion seeking a variation of the bail conditions.

He noted that the motion is being supported by a four-paragraph affidavit, a written address and an exhibit which is the ruling of the court granting bail.

He further stated that the application is to pray the court to vary the conditions for the bail of his client with respect to a condition which requires one of the sureties to deposit 50 million.

He referred the court to the case of Colonel Dasuki where the court imposed the same conditions and the appeal court ruled that the condition was excessive.

According to him, the appeal court held that in a situation where bail can be granted, it should not be unworkable, unbearable and difficult to meet.

He also referred to the ruling of Justice Taiwo Taiwo where the court asked that he is released to Mr Falana, and his passport is deposited, adding that that order has not been set aside.

According to him, the prosecution has disobeyed this order without any explanation.

With respect to the order restricting him to Abuja, Falana said Sowore has no house in Abuja but has one in Lagos.

He added that there is no counter-affidavit challenging the claim of the applicant.

Mr Falana said the court had granted bail 17 days ago and all efforts to meet it have failed because of the stringency of the conditions.

He added that the applicant teaches at a college of visual arts in the United States and is also a journalist who needs to earn a living during the pendency of the case.

He also referred the court to the case of Mr Jones Abiri where the court reviewed the bail conditions to enable him meet bail.

According to him, the applicant in that case was facing a capital offence and the court still varied it.

Responding to the arguments, the prosecutor Mr Hassan Liman said the application has no affidavit as the facts on the affidavit are information extracted from the applicant and not the person who deposed to the affidavit.

He argued that the deponent is Akin Sowore who was never at the facility of the State Security Service.

Mr Liman further stated that the affidavit in the further motion was deposed by one Marshal Abubakar who said he was at the facility of the DSS.

He added that having shown the court that the deponents of the affidavit did not go to the DSS facility, the motion was not valid because there was no affidavit backing it.

He, therefore asked that the application be dismissed for having no valid affidavit.

The prosecutor also noted that the evidence attached was not sufficient to prove that he is a teacher in the United States.

Furthermore, he stated that assuming the court agrees that the motion is valid, the court should in the alternative hold that the cases cited by the applicant are inapplicable in this case.

According to him, this is a different case because the applicant has not even met the bail conditions

He also told the court that having chanted revolution after the hearing if his case on the day of arraignment such a person should not be allowed to address the media or partake on any rally.

On the issue that he was granted bail by Justice Taiwo Taiwo, Mr Liman said that the case at that time was on whether or not the defendant can remain in the custody of the DSS and that order was made before arraignment.

Liman maintained that Sowore was arraigned on the 30th of September and later granted bail, but the bail has now been overtaken by events.

According to him, what the court needs to decide on now, is whether or not the applicant has satisfied the condition to merit a variation in bail conditions.

Responding on points of law, Mr Falana said Section 45 deals with national security and there is nothing in this case that has a bearing on national security.

He maintained that using the word ‘Revolution’ as stated by the prosecution, has nothing to do with national security as even the president has used the word in the past and it is in the record of court.

After listening to the arguments, the trial judge varied the bail conditions as far as it concerns the payment of N50 million bail security.

She reduced the bail bond for Mr Olawale Bakare to N20 million and one surety in like sum.

The trial judge, however, said that all other aspects of the bail conditions which include that the defendants must not speak to the media and must remain in Abuja, still stand.

She also maintained the bail sum for Mr Sowore which was put at N100 million with two sureties in like sum.

The case was, thereafter, adjourned to November 6 and 7.

The Way Sowore Was Treated Was Very Uncivilised – West Idahosa

 

Former Lawmaker, Hon West Idahosa has condemned the manner with which the convener of the RevolutionNow protest, Omoyele Sowore, was treated by security operatives on Monday.

Mr Sowere who was brought to the court by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS), on Monday was seen being dragged in while trying to engage with his supporters.

According to Idahosa, who was a guest on Channels TV’s Politics Today, although it was nice for Sowore to have been given the opportunity to make a case for himself, the way he was treated was not acceptable.

“I think it was nice to arraign him so that he can have the chance to make his case before the court and defend himself. But what was not nice to see was the way he was being mal-handled by the security agencies when he tried to explain the reason why he was in court and to make some clarifications.

“I think that was very very uncivilised. Otherwise, the arraignment is in order and he gets a good chance to defend himself and then, of course, subject himself to the due process of the law,” he said.

The former lawmaker also explained that it is not a breach of the law for an accused person to entertain questions or interact with the media while in court.

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“There is nothing that prohibits that and don’t forget that this is a special trial. This is a trial that is political in nature and the accused person is not just an activist but also a politician with a huge followership in the country.

“So, when you have such a situation, you would have to allow some compromise and allow the accused person some level of communication with those who believe in him and those who share his philosophies.. given the fact that he has been held incommunicado for some number of days.

“There was absolutely nothing illegal about making a few statements to the media,” he said.

However, according to him, for those who tried to pull him away, “they would say they have the charge to take custody of him and ensure that he does not take the liberty of being surrounded by his supporters to escape from custody”.

Meanwhile, Vice Chairman of the Buhari Media Group, Aliyu Abdullahi, also reacted to the situation.

When asked if the situation rubs off on the image of the government negatively, he said he doesn’t think it affects the government’s image.

He also explained why he believes the DSS operatives acted the way they did.

“I don’t see what played out in the court today as something that will impact on the generality of the government or on the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“To be honest, these are institutions who are doing their own work, trying to make sure that they function within their mandate.. (that is the DSS). They may also be concerned about what will happen within the confines of the court if he (Sowore) is embroiled with the supporters and things like that.

“It could also be for his own safety because when there is a crowd, you don’t know who is who,” Abdullahi said.

He, however, clarified that he would never advocate for disobedience of court orders.

“All court orders must be and should be obeyed by all institutions, be it the executive or wherever the order falls on,” he said.

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But according to him, in some situations, national security may be put above individual interests.

“We live in a practical world and things are not perfect. The government also is not perfect. You have to also weigh in the national security interest, vis-à-vis the individual rights”.

Abdullahi also made reference to the situation involving the leader of proscribed group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.

According to him, he was released on bail but later absconded and has proven to be a threat to national security.

Court To Hear FG’s Application To Detain Sowore For 20 More Days

 

A Federal High Court is set to hear the Federal Government’s application to detain the Convener of the #RevolutionNow protest, Mr Omoyele Sowore, for 20 more days.

His counsel, Femi Falana, is already in court but the prosecutor is yet to be present.

The matter has, therefore, been stood down till 11:00 am to enable them get to court.

The Federal Government had filed seven counts bordering on treasonable felony and money laundering against Mr Sowore who is also the publisher of Sahara reporters.

Read Also: Federal Government Charges Omoyele Sowore With Treasonable Felony

Subsequently, he was detained in the custody of the DSS for 45 days pending the conclusion of its investigation.

However, the Federal Government filed additional charges against him on Friday, September 20, a day before the 45-day detention was to elapse.

Court Fixes August 8 To Rule On Sowore’s Detention Order

When A Country Is Rotten, You Cannot Fix It By Going To The Local Govt – Sowore
A file photo of Mr Omoyele Sowore.

 

The Abuja division of the Federal High Court has fixed August 8 to rule on an application by the Department of State Security Service (DSS) seeking an order to detain the convener of the #RevolutionNow protests, Omoyele Sowore for 90 days, pending the conclusion of its investigation.

In an exparte motion marked FHC/ABJ/CS/ 915/19, the DSS is seeking the order of the court to detain him beyond the 48 hours of arrest required by law.

Sowore, who is the founder of Sahara Reporters and presidential candidate of the African Action Congress in the February 2019 elections, was arrested in the early hours of Saturday by operatives of the DSS in a hotel in Lagos.

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According to the agency, he was arrested on account of the #RevolutionNow protest which he had spearheaded.

Subsequently, he was moved to Abuja on Sunday morning and is currently being detained in the custody of the DSS.

After listening to the motion which was moved by the counsel to the anti-graft agency, G. O. Abadua, Justice Taiwo Taiwo said he needed time to watch the video clips attached to the motion.

He, thereafter, adjourned ruling to Thursday, August 8.

VIDEO: Police Disperse ‘RevolutionNow’ Protesters, Arrest Journalist, Others In Lagos

 

The police have dispersed a crowd of protesters who gathered at the National Stadium in Surulere for the ‘RevolutionNow’ march.

The march which was scheduled to hold on Monday was thwarted by security operatives stationed at the venue.

A number of protesters were arrested and taken into a van marked ‘Lagos State Task Force’.

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A journalist with online news platform, Sahara Reporters, was among those arrested as police dispersed the crowd at the venue.

 

The reporter, who was identified by his colleagues, was said to have failed to show any form of identification before he was arrested.

The National Stadium, the converging location announced by members of the #RevolutionNow group is beefed up with heavy security presence this morning.

The police dispersed and arrested members of the group who had gathered against the warning of the law enforcement agencies.

Meanwhile, the Socio-Economic Right And Accountability Project (SERAP) has called for the release of the ‘RevolutionNow’ protesters and a journalist.

It also threatened to take international legal action if the arrested persons continue to remain in custody.

According to the organisation, the situation in Nigeria should not be different from that of Hong Kong and Puerto Rico.

SERAP condemned the arrest of the protesters in the tweets below: