Court remands Sowore, codefendant in DSS custody


ABUJA---The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja Monday, ordered the detention of the convener of RevolutionNow protest, Omoyele Sowore and his codefendant, Olawale Bakare in the DSS facility till Friday, when it will hear their bail application. Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu remanded the accused persons shortly after they pleaded not guilty to a seven count charge filed against them by the Federal Government. Ojukwu initially asked the defendants to choose between Kuje and Suleja prisons, but Sowore's lawyer, Mr. Olumide Fusika, SAN, urged the court to allow them remain in the DSS custody till the next adjourned date. There was however, drama immediately he was being led out of the court room, when Sowore tried to address the press, but was roughly dragged away by DSS operatives, even as he kept shouting and urging Nigerians to rise against bad governance. This happened amid protests from his supporters in court. Sowore and Bakare had after mounting the dock, declined to enter plea to their charge, saying that their arraignment was irregular as the DSS refused to obey an earlier court order for their immediate release from detention. Sowore, who was the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress, AAC, in the last general election and publisher of an online newspaper, Sahara Reporters, had been in detention since August 2 when he was arrested for calling a nationwide protest against alleged maladministration by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration. The Federal Government accused Sowore and Bakare of conspiracy, money laundering, cyber-stalking and insulting President Buhari among others.

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