DSS bows to pressure, releases Sowore, Bakare/ Sowore

The Department of State Services (DSS) on Thursday night released Convener of #RevolutionNow Movement, Omoyele Sowore alongside his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare.

Sowore’s release comes after spending 124 days in detention of the DSS following his arrest by the secret police on August 3, 2019.

The arrest of the Sahara Reporters publisher had, until his release, been generating controversies among pro-democracy activists, as a result of the refusal of the DSS to release him despite a court order granting him bail on two occasions.

NVS had earlier reported how Nobel Laurate, Prof. Wole Soyinka blasted the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration for its continued disregard for the judiciary while reacting to the continued detention of Sowore and Bakare.

On Thursday, the DSS had arraigned Sowore and Bakare at a Federal Court sitting in Abuja to continue their trail.

In response however, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu issued a 24-hour ultimatum to the DSS to release them, noting their warrants of release had been signed.

The judge also awarded the cost of N100,000 against the prosecution to be paid to the defendants for foisting “frivolous adjournment” on the court, which according to her must be paid before the next hearing which is Friday.

Both were consequently released around 7pm on Thursday.


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