The Department of State Service, DSS has approached the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, seeking leave to detain the convener of the RevolutionNow protest, Omoyele Sowore, for 90 days. The security agency prayed the court to permit it to further retain Sowore in custody, pending conclusion of its investigations.
Recall that the activist and publisher was arrested by DSS operatives in his hotel room in Lagos over the weekend following his call for nationwide revolutionary protest against alleged maladministration by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government.
The DSS, in an application brought before Justice Taiwo Taiwo, who is sitting as a vacation Judge, said it would need Sowore in custody till all its investigations were concluded. The exparte motion marked FHC/ABJ/CS/ 915/19, sought an order of the court to detain Sowore beyond the statutorily allowed 48 hours after his arrest.
after he had listened to the motion moved by counsel to the DSS, Mr. G. O. Abadua, Justice Taiwo said he would need time to watch video clips attached to the motion. Consequently, he adjourned ruling on the request till Thursday.
Meanwhile a Lawyer and 5 others were arraigned by the Police before a Lagos Chief Magistrate’s Court sitting at Ebute- Metta on a two-count charge bordering on unlawful assembly and conduct likely to cause breach of the peace. The defendants are Ehis Omoshomio, 35; Gabriel Ojumah, 51, Juwon Sanyaolu, 22; Stanley Anobi, 28; Elias Ozikpu, 30; Kenechukwu Ukachukwu, 25. Police Prosecutor, Anota Oluseye told the court that the defendants unlawfully assembled themselves “in such manner to cause fear and disturb the public peace.”
This is even as Sowore spoke from his DSS detention custody yesterday, saying he was in very good health and expressed happiness over the staging of the protests in some states of the country. I’m okay, Sowore speaks from detention, happy protests took place Speaking from DSS custody yesterday, Sowore said he was in very good health and expressed happiness over the staging of the protests in some states of the country. Sowore, who has refused to eat meals given to him by the DSS, thanked Nigerians and the international community for their support in the protest against bad governance in Nigeria. He spoke when the “Take It Back Movement” visited the DSS facility where he is being held. “I would like to assure everyone that I am being treated well and in very good health. I am pleased that the peaceful #RevolutionNow protests went ahead. “However, knowledge of the sheer number of innocent Nigerians being arrested for exercising their civil rights bothers me. I join others in demanding for the immediate and unconditional release of all those arrested by the police on Monday
against bad governance and that the gathering was unlawful and caused fear to the public. According to the prosecutor, the defendants acted contrary to and were liable to be punished under Sections 44 and 168(1)(d) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015. The defendants however pleaded not guilty to the charges. Following a bail application by their lawyer, Mr Stanley Imhanruor, the Magistrate, Mrs Abimbola Komolafe, granted the second defendant, a lawyer, bail on self-recognition, while the other five defendants were admitted to N100,000 bail each with two responsible sureties in like sum. The court adjourned till September 26, 2019 for mention,”