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DSS breaches court order, refuses to let Sowore go for the second time

DSS breaches court order, refuses to let Sowore go for the second time

Doris Ukaonu

The Department of State Service (DSS) has for the second time paid deaf ears to the court order mandating the release of the convener of the #RevolutionNow protest, Omoyele Sowore, who has now been detained for 98 days and counting.

Despite being handed yesterday (November 7), the latest ruling from a Federal High Court in Abuja, alongside a receipt, indicating that Sowore is released, the DSS continues to keep him in custody. 

Following the aftermath of the DSS decision, Sahara Reporters report that Sowore who was also a presidential candidate for the February 23 polls, under the African Action Congress (AAC)  party has refused to eat any food.

Also, his lawyer and human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, said today that “Since yesterday (Thursday) he has refused to come down. He has refused to see anybody and this is in protest that his rights are being violated.

“He has not eaten because the DSS don’t feed him and he is rejecting food from the people who usually take food to him in detention.”

According to Falana, the Revolution Now crooner has refused to receive any visitor including close parties who usually bring him food because there is a court order asking for him to be released, the second one, so he is protesting this.”

Sowore has been held by the Department of State Services (DSS) since August 3, 2019, for calling a national protest against President Muhammadu Buhari led administration under the #RevolutionNow banner.

In September, he was indicted by the federal government for treasonable felony, cyber-stalking and money laundering which he pleaded not guilty.

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Two weeks after that, a federal high court in Abuja presided over by Justice Taiwo Taiwo ruled that Sowore be set free immediately, urging that there was no extant order allowing Sowore’s further detention.

The Nigerian government, however, disregarded the court order and ensured that Sowore remained in DSS custody. The government also filed additional charges against him on September 20, indicting him for transferring $50,000 illicit funds.

Despite meeting the bail condition of  N100 million, the Federal Government still holds Sowore in detention; breaching the court’s order for a second time.

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