DSS drags Sowore to court, oral bail refused
The Department of State Services (DSS) has brought Omoyele Sowore, the African Action Congress’ (AAC) Presidential candidate in the 2019 election to a Federal High Court in Abuja.
Sowore who has been held in detention by the DSS is the convener of the RevolutionNow Movement.
He is being accused of plans to illegally and unconstitutionally overthrow the democratically elected government of President Muhammadu Buhari through RevolutionNow protest.
The operatives of the DSS sneaked the Publisher of Sahara Reporters through the backdoor into the courtroom.
Sowore appeared full of energy and was smiling all through as he exchanged pleasantries with lawyers but however the court refused oral request for bail made by his lawyer. The case was adjourned to Friday 4 October for bail consideration.
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.
On September 24, upon a request by Sowore’s legal team led by Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), Justice Taiwo Taiwo granted him bail, 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 refused to obey the court order to release the activist.
Dramatically today, the DSS brought Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare, before a federal high court in Abuja for alleged treasonable felony and cyber stalking Nigeria’s president, among other offences.
Sowore arrived in the court smiling and acknowledging cheers from his supporters.
The activist who was looking confident and unruffled waved at journalists and activists.
He was brought into the court by the operatives of the Department of State Services.
He is being arraigned alongside another activist, Olawale Adebayo Bakare (aka Mandate) who was arrested in Osun State during a #RevolutionNow protest.