The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Wednesday, refused to grant Omoyele Sowore’s appeal challenging his detention for 45 days by DSS.
The convener of RevolutionNow protests, Omoyele Sowore’s appeal challenging his detention by the Department of State Security (DSS) was declined by Justice Nkeonye Maya and sent the case back to Justice Taiwo Taiwo for further hearing.
The applications were made by counsel to Sowore, Mr Femi Falana, SAN, who had asked the court to set aside the exparte order granted by Justice Taiwo. He also applied for oral bail when Justice Maha rejected the earlier application.
Sowore who is presently in detention had, on August 9, approached the court, seeking an order to vacate the ex parte order that gave the DSS the legal backing to detain him for 45 days.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Justice Taiwo Taiwo had, in a ruling on Aug. 8 in an exparte application, ordered Sowore’s detention for the said period to enable the DSS carry out and conclude its investigation on allegations levelled against him.
On August 20, DSS had also challenged the court order, allowing it to detain Sowore for 45 days against its request of 90 days pending investigation.#
A lawyer from Femi Falana’s law firm, spoke on the arrest of Sowore, Mr Marshall Abubakar told newsmen that Sowore only “mobilised the Nigerian people, including students and youths, workers, market women and other oppressed people to influence the Federal government, the 36 state governments and 774 local governments to address the crises of corruption and insecurity.”