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Sowore to spend 45 more days in DSS detention after court ruling

Omotayo Yusuf

Aug. 08, 2019

- A Federal High Court in Abuja granted the DSS' request to detain Omoyele Sowore for 45 days
- The convener of the RevolutionNow protest is being accused of treason
- The court said this is to allow the DSS carry out its investigation
A Federal High Court in Abuja has asked that Omoyele Sowore be kept in detention for 45 more days pending investigation by the Department of State Services.
Sowore was arrested for organising a RevolutionNow protest against the federal government.
The Nation reports that Justice Taiwo Taiwo in his ruling on Thursday, August 8, granted an ex-parte motion filed by the DSS asking that it be allowed to keep the former presidential candidate in its detention.
The judge said the detention could be renewed upon to enable the DSS complete its investigation.
The DSS in the motion accused Sowore of terrorism by tendering two digital video disks showing the former presidential candidate with Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
In the second video, Sowore was shown boasting that members of the equally proscribed Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) were going to join forces with him to bring down the Nigerian government.
Meanwhile, the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Uche Secondus described as unfortunate the detention of those he called prisoners in the country by the federal government.
Speaking from Adamawa state on Tuesday, August 6, Secondus called on President Buhari to release such prisoners, adding that the situation can disrupt the peace of the country.
The PDP chairman said that this is the first time a democratically elected government is refusing to release political prisoners.
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