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#RevolutionNow: Court turns down Sowore’s bail application

#RevolutionNow: Court turns down Sowore’s bail application

The predicament of publisher of Sahara Reporters and convener of the #RevolutionNow campaign Mr. Omoyele Sowere may not be over as the Federal High Court, Abuja, has refused to grant his motion challenging his detention for 45 days by the Department of State Security (DSS).

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

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

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

Justice Taiwo had, in a ruling on Aug. 8 in an ex parte application, ordered Sowore’s detention for the said period to enable the DSS carry out and conclude its investigation on allegations levied against him.

Taiwo, who stated that he had looked at the facts presented by the applicant, said ”I will fail in my duties if I do not act on those facts at least until the contrary is proven.”

The judge thereafter adjourned the matter until Sept. 21.

According to him, the order takes effect from today, Aug. 8.

Sowore, who was the Presidential Candidate, African Action Congress (AAC) in the Feb. 23, 2019 general elections, was arrested in the early hours of Aug. 4 by the operatives of the DSS in a hotel in Lagos and moved to Abuja on Aug. 4.

The state agency said Sowore was arrested on account of the #RevolutionNow protest which he had spearheaded.

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