Grant Me Bail, Sowore Asks Court In Fresh Application

Omoyele Sowore, Convener of the #RevolutionNow movement, has filed a fresh application before the Federal High Court, Abuja, seeking bail.


Sowore, who is currently in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS), had his application filed on his behalf on Friday by his legal team.

Sowore was arrested after the secret agency accused him of calling for an insurrection and forceful removal of a democratically elected government.

Marshal Abubakar, one of his lawyers, who deposed to the affidavit filed in support of the application, urged the court to Sowore in liberal terms.

The presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) in the 2019 presidential election argued that the security agencies have completed their investigation and should, therefore, be temporarily freed by the DSS.

The affidavit he filed in support of the application stated in part, “That the applicant (Sowore) herein has never been charged with any criminal offence whatsoever.

“That the Nigeria police also conducted investigation on the matter and made its findings public.

“That the persons who participated in the protests of August 5, 2019, were charged with the offence of unlawful assembly at the Magistrates’ Court in Ebute Meta, Lagos State, Osogbo in Osun State and Calabar (Cross River).

“That on the August 9, 2019, the applicant filed an application to set aside, discharge and/or vacate the said ex parte order permitting his detention for 45 days.”

Sowore, who is also the publisher of Sahara Reporters, an online citizen-journalism medium, filed the fresh application after his initial application challenging his arrest and detention was dismissed by Justice Taiwo Taiwo on July 8.

The same judge had on August 8, granted the DSS an extended period of 45 days to detain the activist pending the conclusion of its investigation.

The 45 days granted by the court elapses on September 21.

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