The Department of State Services (DSS) has secured a court order to keep Omoyele Sowore in custody for 45 days with effect from today, Thursday, August 8, 2019.
The permission was granted on Thursday by Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja.
Sowore, a co-convener of the #RevolutionNow protests was arrested in a hotel by the DSS on Saturday.
The secret police said the extended custody is to enable it conclude its investigation on the activist and former presidential candidate.
The DSS had asked for 90 days but the court granted only 45 days.
Although the DSS said it made its request for 90 days in line with Section 27 Sub -Section 1 of the Terrorism Act, Justice Taiwo held that the “MAY” in that section is a directory which gives the court discretion to decide as to the number of days to give the applicants and having looked at all the prayers and evidence attached, he is of the view to grant 45 days for the applicants to carry out their investigation.
He said, however, the DSS is at liberty to return to court via an application to ask for more days.
The DSS had earlier on Tuesday approached the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, seeking leave to detain Sowore, for 90 days to enable it to carry out further investigation.