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Thursday, 8 August 2019

RevolutionNow: Court takes decision on Sowore’s detention


A Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja, Thursday, granted the Department of State Services, DSS, an approval to keep Omoyele Sowore in detention for 45 days pending the outcome of its discrete investigations.

The presiding judge, Taiwo Taiwo also said DSS could get additional permission to detain Sowore in custody for his activism.

It would be recalled that Sowore had called for a good governance revolution in the country last week. The Sahara Reporters publisher was arrested in Lagos on August 3, by DSS operatives who stormed his apartment.

The arrest came two days before the nationwide protest which was scheduled to take place on August 5 across the country.

With Sowore in its custody, the DSS urged the federal judge for permission to further detain him pending final investigations.

Despite the DSS admitting that it had no evidence of a plot to take over the Muhammadu Buhari government against Sowore, the judge still granted the secret police permission to keep him under the anti-terrorism law.

The remand order was granted ex-parte as Sowore was not represented by a lawyer and the judge took the decision based on the claims of DSS.

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