The Department of State Services (DSS) Monday morning arraigned publisher of SaharaReporters and convener of #RevolutionNow protest, Mr. Omoyele Sowore, on charges of treasonable felony and other sundry offences instituted against him by the Federal Government.
Sowore who has been held in detention by the DSS since August 3, arrived the court this morning chanting ‘Revolution,’ with his waiting followers completing the slogan with a chorus of “Now.”
The DSS had arrested Sowore for calling for a revolution through a protest scheduled to hold on August 5.
On August 8, Justice Taiwo Taiwo in the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court granted the DSS permission to hold the activist in custody for 45 days.
Barely 24 hours before the expiration of the 45 days on September 21, the AGF office, on September 20, filed seven counts of treasonable felony, cyber crimes and money laundering against the activist.
But on September 24, Justice Taiwo granted Sowore bail upon a request by his legal team led by Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), with the sole condition that he deposit his passport in the court’s registry.
But one week after meeting the bail condition, the DSS has yet to release the activist. The agency has blocked every attempt to serve it court papers again after claiming it dis not get the first release order even though Falana said Ayuba Adam of the Legal Department of the DSS received the court order on behalf of the agency on September 24, 2019.
He added that the agency’s lawyer, G. O. Agbadua, represented the agency in court on the day the order was issued, implying that the agency was not in doubt that the court order was issued.