Omoyele Sowore

Allow Sowore have his day in court, Yoruba group tells DSS

The Yoruba Summit Group has reacted to the continued detention of the publisher of SharaReporters, Omoyele Sowore.

The umbrella body for all Yoruba groups described it as an act of lawlessness and a dangerous culture of tyranny.

The group said this in a statement signed by its publicity secretary, Chief Gboyega Adejumo and chairman, Steering Committee, Dr. Olufemi Adegoke.

Omoyele Sowore
Omoyele Sowore

Justice Taiwo Taiwo had ruled that Sowore be released on bail over terrorism offense charged against him by the Department of State Service (DSS). The judge had on August 8 granted the DSS permission to hold the human right activist for 45 days.

On September 24, Justice Taiwo, however, granted him bail. He also ruled that he should be made available by his lead counsel, Femi Falana (SAN) whenever he is needed in court.

However, the DSS refused to release him after tendering his international passport, which was part of the bail condition.

The group further likened the continued detention of Sowore to that of Sambo Dasuki and the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Sheik Ibrahim El Zakzaky.

Despite court orders ordering their releases, the DSS refused to release them. His followers had embarked on protests calling for his release. The protest had led to the loss of lives and properties. A reporter with Channels TV was killed during one of the protests.

The group described this as an affront to constitutional order and contemptuous defiance of the rule of law. It said Sowore should be allowed to have his day in court which is his constitutional right to liberty.

They further alleged the handy tactics of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration is to suppress legitimate dissent. They, therefore, called for Sowore’s release and have his liberty restored.

Another trial

Meanwhile, Sowore was arraigned in court by the Federal Government will on Monday.

The convener of #RevolutionNow protests was arraigned before the Federal High Court in Abuja. He was arraigned on seven counts of treasonable felony, money laundering, and cybercrimes before Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu slammed against him by the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation.

Sowore has been in the custody of the DSS since August 3. He was arrested for allegedly calling for a revolution through a protest scheduled to hold on August 5.

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