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DSS Keeping Sowore Away From Us – Lawyer

The head of the legal team of the African Action Congress (AAC), Tope Akinyode, has revealed that agents of the Department of State Services (DSS) are denying his team access to Omoyele Sowore.

Sowore was arrested in the early hours of Saturday for what is believed to be related to protests nationwide.

The AAC presidential candidate of the 2019 elections had called a massive protest labeled: “Revolution now,” starting from the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos, on Monday.

Naija News had previously reported that Sowore, a pro-democratic activist, posted a tweet about his arrest at 1:25 a.m. on Saturday, August 3.

Narrating his arrest in a social media post, the Sowore driver, who refused to reveal his identity, said his director was picked up from the “Gestapo” by the DSS.

According to the driver, “Around 1 a.m., gunmen knocked on the door. I noticed immediately that these blows were strange. And it didn’t open. I looked and saw men armed to the teeth,” he wrote.

“They began to break through as armed thieves. But I knew they were DSS men, who knew very well the attention that RevolutionNow had attracted. Sowore wanted to open at first, but I immediately told him who they are. He retired and as if by magic, he was not in the room when he was forced into 8 of them.

“That was when he managed to tweet. By then, I had been beaten and handcuffed. They took my phones. An order to block all exits came from the leader when Sowore was not found inside. He was later arrested in the gym in a Gestapomanner and dragged after a small altercation. ”

In a statement to reporters on Saturday, Akinyode said he visited the central command office in Lagos, but was denied access to Sowore.

He said: “It is no longer news that Mr. Omoyele Sowore was arrested by the DSS earlier today and I am representing him as his Advocate on that incident.

“As a lawyer for Mr. Omoyele Sowore, editor of Sahara Reporters, I visited the DSS office at CMD Road, Ketu, Lagos along with other notable Nigerians. Mr. Sowore had been arrested “Gestapo” in the early hours of today.

“When we arrived at the DSS office, we were denied entry to the Police Building with arrogance. As much as I convinced them that the “accused” has the legal right of access to his Attorney as stipulated in Section 35 (2) of the 1999 Constitution, my advice fell on deaf ears of the police officers who claimed that your boss wasn’t “T around, and I have to wait until Monday (business day) before they let me in.

“It was a fairly short visit due to the unpleasant disposition of the officers we met at the entrance. I believe that this “arrest” is more a kidnapping than anything else. This illegal act is worthy of condemnation. ”