Falana raises alarm over fresh plot by DSS to remand Sowore indefinitely

Falana raises alarm over fresh plot by DSS to remand Sowore indefinitely

A human rights lawyer, Femi Falana; has alleged that the Department of State Services (DSS) is scheming to detain Omoyele Sowore indefinitely.

Falana made this assertion during a Channels TV programme on Monday, November 11.

Sowore was arrested in Lagos on August 3 and subsequently flown to Abuja where he is being detained.

Last month, a federal high court in Abuja granted him bail; but the secret police still held him despite fulfilling the bail condition.

On Friday, Peter Afunanya, spokesman of the DSS, acknowledged that the agency received the order to release Sowore; but said the service did not carry it out because no one showed up on his behalf.

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Meanwhile, supporters of the activist visited the DSS headquarters on Saturday; but were denied access to Sowore.

This had sparked nationwide outrage with many more individuals and groups demanding the release of the activist.

Falana further confirmed this fear; he stated the service is currently looking for evidence that will be used against Sowore in order to detain him further.

“I was reliably informed last night by a security official; that the government was currently fishing for evidence,” he said.

“An attempt is being made to file a fresh charge on Tuesday; so that there will be an excuse that ‘we are arraigning them in court, hence we are unable to release them’.

“If you recall, that was what was done when Justice Taiwo Taiwo granted Sowore bail on September 24. For a whole week, the order of the court was flouted.

“And then, of course, on September 30; he was arraigned together with Olawale Bakare. We are ready for them.”

He added that on Tuesday, he would file contempt charges against Yusuf Bichi, DSS director-general. This is over the agency’s refusal to comply with the order to release Sowore.

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