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Why Court Rejected FG’s Move To Prolong Sowore’s Detention



By Ayodele Oluwafemi

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on Tuesday,  dismissed the application filed  by the Department of State Security (DSS) to further detain the publisher of SaharaReporters and convener of RevolutionNow, Omoyele Sowore,

It would be recalled that Sowore was arrested on August 3rd, two days before a rally tagged RevolutionNow and was accused by the Federal Government for allegedly plotting to overthrow a democratic  government.

Sowore’s counsel, Femi Falana, prayed to the court to  immediately  release Sowore as the prosecution is no longer interested to detain him further

Meanwhile, counsel to the DSS, challenged the oral application for the  release, noting  that a formal suit has been filed where Sowore is being accused of treasonable felony which is a capital offence.

The prosecutor is asking the Court to deny the respondent bail due to the fresh charges filed against him.

In response, Falana noted that the application for bail was withdrawn and the prosecutor’s application for further remand was also withdrawn. He stressed that the new charges cannot metamorphose in a remand order.

Mr. Falana urged the court to disregard the submission of the prosecution, stressing that the  prosecutor can not ask the court to detain a citizen prospectively and in anticipation of the arraignment of the defendant order his detention.

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