DSS yet to release Sowore
On September 24th, 2019, the Federal High Court in Abuja ordered the immediate release of AAC’s presidential candidate in the 2019 general election held in February, Omoyele Sowore, who had been detained by the Department of State Services (DSS) over his decision to stage a revolution in the country against the Federal Government of Nigeria.
Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court ordered the immediate release of Sowore on the ground that the order for his detention had elapsed but the DSS has since failed to abide by the Court’s decision despite receiving the orders 48 hours ago.
Sowore was represented by Human Rights Activist and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN),Femi Falana, Marshal Abubakar amongst others.
Sowore’s continued detention has drawn mixed reactions from Nigerians.
Most Nigerians expect that Sowore would still be detained for a very long time because that has been the norm in the President Muhammadu Buhari’s led administration that’s known for not obeying Court orders.
Omoyele Sowore joins other Nigerians such as Ibrahim El- Zakyzaky( IMN leader), Sambo Dasuki and others as the list of people been held in detention despite Court orders for their release.
Marshal Abubakar, a lawyer representing Omoyele Sowore revealed that Sowore complied fully with the order of the court by depositing his international passport with the Deputy Chief Registrar of the Federal High Court, Abuja. When asked if Sowore had been released, the lawyer said “we’re still there, he has not been released. “