- A Federal High Court in Abuja orders the Department of State Services (DSS) to release Omoyele Sowore, convener of RevolutionNow movement, within 24 hours
- The court also slams the DSS with N100,000 fine
- Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu adjourns the case to December 6, but says the fine must be paid before the next sitting
A Federal High Court in Abuja, in the morning of Thursday, November 12, ordered the Department of State Services (DSS) to, within 24 hours, set free Omoyele Sowore, convener of the RevolutionNow movement, who has been in detention for months.
The court also ordered the release of his ally and co-activist, Olawale Bakare.
A report by PM NEWS said the order was delivered by Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu, who presided over the case.
The report added that the court also fined the DSS the sum of N100,000 for delaying to serve Femi Falana, Sowore's counsel with the additional proof of evidence.
Justice Ojukwu ordered that the fine be paid to defendants before December 6, which is the next adjourned date.
Legit.ng reported earlier reported how the Justice Ojukwu had earlier raised concerns over the refusal of the DSS to obey an earlier order by the court for Sowore's release.
As a result of this, the judge threatened to jail Yusuf Bichi, director-general of the security outfit.
Meanwhile, Nigerian professor and Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka, has condemned the arrest and continued detention of Sowore by the DSS.
Soyinka described Sowore’s detention as an act of disrespect to the judiciary.
“Much of the judiciary across the continent remains constantly under siege - Nigeria is no exception. Needless to say, it often strikes me that the 'learned brotherhood' could do more to protect, and assert itself.
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“Apart from the obvious and numerous scandals of moral deficit that require constant internal purgation, there are instances where it does fail to protect itself even from putative and/or illegal power,” he said.
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