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Breaking News! Court-ordered Sowore’s release within 24 hours and a penalty of N100,000 for unlawful detention

This morning, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court, Abuja, has ordered the Department of State Services (DSS) to let go of the human right activist, Omoyele Sowore and co-activist, Olawale Bakare, within the next 24 hours. Furthermore, the preceding judge also requested that DSS pay a considerable sum of N100,000 on or before the 6th of December 2019, to the defendant for disobeying two court rulings and for unnecessarily delaying to serve Femi Falana, Sowore’s lawyer with the additional proof.

 

Whilst the court adjourned the trial of Sowore’s case to 6th for continuation, Nigerian famous professor and Nobel writer, Wole Soyinka, castigated the arrest and continued detention of Sowore by the DSS. Soyinka termed Sowore’s detention as an act of disregard for the judiciary. He said, “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. “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,”

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