Sowore remains in DSS detention as court dismisses motion

Aisha John-Mark, Abuja


The Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday, refused to grant the motion filed by Omoyele Sowore, Convener of the RevolutionNow protests, challenging his detention for 45 days by the State Security Service (SSS).

Justice Nkeonye Maya, who declined all applications by the counsel to Mr. Sowore, Femi Falana, sent the case back to Justice Taiwo Taiwo for further hearing.

Mr Falana, who had asked the court to set aside the exparte order granted by Mr Taiwo, also applied for oral bail when Justice Maha rejected the earlier application.

Mr Sowore, who is presently in detention, had, on August 9, approached the court, seeking an order to vacate the ex parte order that gave the SSS the legal backing to detain him for 45 days.

Mr Taiwo had, in a ruling on August 8 in an exparte application, ordered Mr Sowore’s detention for the said period to enable the SSS to carry out and conclude its investigation on allegations levied against him.

The SSS had also, on August 20, challenged the court order, allowing it to detain Mr Sowore for 45 days against its request of 90 days pending investigation.

Mr Sowore was arrested by the SSS after he planned nationwide protest tagged #RevolutionNow.

The SSS accused him of terrorism and plotting to overthrow President Muhammadu Buhari. The activist denies the allegation.

Mr Sowore, the publisher of SaharaReporters news medium, was a presidential candidate in the last general elections.