Sowore allegedly on Hunger Strike Over Failure of DSS to Release Him

Omoyele Sowore

There are strong reports that embattled pro-democracy activist and politician, Omoyele Sowore has embarked on a hunger strike to protest his continuous stay in the custody of the Department of State Security Service (DSS).

It could be recalled that Sowore has been in the custody of the DSS since August 3, 2019, for calling for a protest which he tagged #Revolutionnow. The federal government authorised his arrest and charged him for Treasonable Felony.

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja granted him bail with stringent conditions over a month ago. His lawyers led by Human Rights activist Femi Falana (SAN) said the 48 years old 2019 presidential aspirant has met the conditions. However, the DSS has refused to let him go despite meeting the bail conditions.

On Thursday, 7th of November, 2019, the DSS reportedly Confirmed Receipt of the court order but refused to comply with the directive. The service allegedly avoided the receipt on Wednesday, 6th of November, 2019 claiming that the office had closed for the day.

“@YeleSowore has embarked on hunger strike in protest of his continued detention. He’s rejecting food and visitors. It will be interesting to see who bends first — whether Sowore returns to eating or the DSS does the right thing: obey the court”, Fisayo Soyombo, a Nigerian investigative journalist tweeted with the hashtag #ReleaseSoworeNow.

Sowore’s online platform, Sahara Reporters had also tweeted the same thing one hour before the tweet of Soyombo went viral.

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