Sowore Takes DSS To Court Over illegal Detention

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Convener of the #RevolutionNow movement, Omoyele Sowore, has dragged the Federal Government and the Department of State Services (DSS) before a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja

Sowore on Friday, August 9 appealed to the Federal High Court to set aside its previous order permitting the DSS to detain him for 45 days.

Sowore, publisher of SaharaReporters, through his lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), contended, among others in the 19-ground applications, says that the order issued by the court breached his constitutionally guaranteed fundamental rights.

The former presidential candidate insisted that the order amounted to “legalising the illegality” of his detention for about four days prior to the issuance of the court order on Thursday.

Filed along with his application was an affidavit of urgency seeking an urgent hearing of the suit on the grounds that it “is one of fundamental importance that affects salient fundamental rights of the applicant herein.”

Ruling on an ex parte application by the security agency to detain Sowore for 90 days to investigate him for treason-related allegations, the judge, Justice Taiwo Taiwo, on Thursday granted the agency permission to hold the activist for 45 days.

According to the judge, the 45-day period, starting from Thursday, lapses on September 21, the date he also fixed for the next hearing of the case.

He, however, added that the order of detention for 45 days was subject to renewal for further days upon an application by the security agency, in the event that its investigation could not be concluded within the first 45 days.

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