The Federal High Court in Abuja will today hear the motion filed by Omoyele Sowore, Convener of #RevolutionNow protests, challenging his detention for 45 days by the Department of State Security (DSS).
Omoyele Sowore is currently in detention and had on Aug 9th approached the court, seeking an order to vacate the ex parte order that gave the DSS the legal backing to detain him for 45 days.
Recall that Justice Taiwo Taiwo had, in a ruling on Aug. 8 in an exparte application, ordered Sowore’s detention for the said period to enable the DSS to carry out and conclude its investigation on allegations levied against him. The DSS had also, on Aug. 20, challenged the court order, allowing it to detain Sowore for 45 days against its request of 90 days pending investigation
The state agency said Sowore was arrested on account of the #RevolutionNow protest which he had spearheaded. However, in a motion on notice, brought pursuant to sections 6 (6) (B), 35 and 36(4) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 as amended, section 293 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015 and under the jurisdiction of the court, he asked the court to vacate the order on the grounds that the order was made in violation of his full rights.
The motion filed on Aug. 9 by the human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana, SAN, was predicated on 18 grounds and supported by a 24 paragraphs affidavit deposed to by one Marshall Abubakar. Falana had, on Aug. 22, stormed Court 10 to seek for a date for the hearing of the application. The lawyer had expressed displeasure over the court’s delay in hearing the motion. We gathered that the case was the last on the cause list for Aug. 28.