Following the FG orders to the Department of State Service to release convener of #RevolutionNow, Sowore, many may be wondering what really prompted the involvement of the FG in the Sowore continued unlawful detention after so long playing mute. Well, it looked like the letter from the U.S. lawmakers to Nigeria’s Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami did pay the trick.
According to the letter which has surfaced online, Mr Malami was cautioned against the disobedience of rule of law under President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
The letter was signed by six lawmakers; Robert Menendez (senator), Charles Schumer (senator), Cory Booker (senator), Christopher Coons (senator), Bill Pascrell (congressman) and John Gotheirmer (congressman).
The U.S. lawmakers in their letter dated December 20 to Mr Malami said they are really concerned that established legal procedures and rule of law are not being followed in Mr Sowore’s case.
See the letter below:
Recall, Sowore, publisher of Sahara Reporters, was arrested on August 3 for planning #RevolutionNow, a series of protests to demand an end to corruption and demand better living conditions for all citizens.
The protests were planned to commence on August 5. But on August 3, armed State Security Service (SSS) officers broke into an apartment Mr Sowore was occupying with some of his associates in Lagos. He and his associate, Olawale Bakare, were taken away in the raid that was captured by security cameras.
The SSS refused to release Mr Sowore and Mr Bakare despite two separate court orders for his release.
They were eventually released on December 5 after a court on that day directed the SSS to release both men within 24 hours.
A day later, the SSS stormed the court to rearrest Mr Sowore. He has been held without fresh charges since then.