DSS seeks court order to detain Sowore for months – Independent Observers

DSS seeks court order to detain Sowore for months

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By Andy Chukwu

The Department of State Security Services(DSS) has asked a federal High Court to grant it the permission to detain the publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, for 90 days.

Justice Taiwo Taiwo, presiding said he will on Thursday rule on the application filed by the SSS.

The SSS said it would need to keep Sowore in its custody beyond the constitutional 48 hours to conclude investigation.

The counsel to the SSS, G. O. Agbadua, told Taiwo that a video clip evidence had been attached to its application for more time.

Taiwo adjourned the matter until August 8, saying he needed more days to watch the video clip before delivering his ruling.

Sowore, the Convener of #Revolution Now Protest and presidential candidate of the African Action Congress in the 2019 elections, was arrested in Lagos early Saturday by SSS operatives.

The government accused him of planning to overthrow the Buhari government after he called for a revolution to eliminate bad governance through nationwide protests.

Mohammed Adamu, the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, on the eve of the protest said the call for a “revolution” constituted an “act of terrorism”.

The protests, under the #RevolutionNow banner, which held in different cities, including Lagos and Abuja, on Monday failed to attract large crowds as the government responded with armed security officers which used tear gas to disperse the crowds.

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