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Sowore, Bakare Re-Arrest, Detain By DSS

By: Babs-Oluribigbe Adeoye

Operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) stormed court premises in Abuja on Friday morning and re-arrested the convener of #RevolutionNow, Omoyele Sowore, and his co-defendant Olawale Bakare.

DSS action came following their earlier attempt to arrest him inside the courtroom of a Federal High Court in Abuja.

Meanwhile, the DSS is yet to disclose the reason for their latest action and as at the time of filing this report, he is being detained at the DSS office in Abuja.

The attempt by the secret police to rearrest the right activist turned rowdy inside the courtroom as Sowore’s supporters, legal team shielded him from the DSS operatives.

After a stand-still that lasted over three hours inside the courtroom, Sowore’s lawyer, Mr Femi Falana insisted that the arrest should be effected outside the court premises.

According to Mr. Falana, the DSS claimed they wanted to ask Sowore a few questions but ended up detaining him and his co-defendant, Bakare.

Sowore and co-defendant, Bakare, were released at exactly 7:15 pm on Thursday, hours after Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court in Abuja, had expressed displeasure over their continued detention by the agency.

Recalled that Sowore, the publisher of Saharareporters and a presidential candidate in the February 2019 elections, was arrested on August 3, just days to a planned protest tagged #revolutionnow against “bad governance” in the country.

Both he and his co-defendant are facing seven counts bordering on conspiracy to commit treasonable felony in breach of Section 516 of the Criminal Code Act, money laundering and cybercrimes, among others.

They pleaded not guilty to the charge and were granted bail on October 4, in the sum of N100m and N50m respectively with two sureties in like sum.

They, however, were not released until yesterday and re-arrested today.

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