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RevolutionNow: Court takes decision on Sowore’s detention

A Federal Superior Court, which met in Abuja on Thursday, granted the Department of State Services, DSS, an approval to keep Omoyele Sowore in detention for 45 days pending the outcome of his discrete investigations.

The presiding judge, Taiwo Taiwo, also said that DSS could obtain additional permission to detain Sowore in custody for his activism.

It should be remembered that Sowore had called for a revolution of good governance in the country last week. The editor of Sahara Reporters was arrested in Lagos on August 3 by DSS agents who broke into his apartment.

The arrest came two days before the national protest that was scheduled for August 5 across the country.

With Sowore in his custody, the DSS urged the federal judge to ask permission to detain him further pending final investigations.

Although the DSS admitted that it had no evidence of a plot to take over Muhammadu Buhari’s government against Sowore, the judge still granted the secret police permission to keep him under the anti-terrorism law.

The return order was granted ex parte since a lawyer did not represent Sowore and the judge made the decision based on the DSS claims.