The Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN) has taken over the case against activist and #RevolutionNow convener, Omoyele Sowore, from the Department of State Services (DSS).
The development may not be unconnected with the outcry generated by Sowore’s travail in the hands of the DSS on December 6, 2019.
In a press statement, Friday in Abuja, the Special Assistant to the Minister of Justice on Media and Public Relations, Dr. Umar Gwandu, confirmed the new development on Friday.
The statement referred to the December 11, letter sent on behalf of the AGF by the Solicitor-General of the Federation, Mr. Dayo Apata (SAN), to the Director-General of DSS, Yusuf Bichi, directing the security agency to “promptly forward all the case files” to the AGF office.
The letter by Apata, who doubles as the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Justice, was a response to the September 9 letter sent to the AGF.
The statement read in part, “The Solicitor-General of the Federation and the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Justice, Dayo Apata (SAN), who signed the letter, referred to a letter from the DSS office on September 9, 2019.
“The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice upon a further review of the case, has directed the immediate takeover of the prosecution of all charges in respect of Omoyole Sowore by the Federal Ministry of Justice, in line with the provisions of Sections 150(1) and 174 (1) (a-c) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).”
The statement indicated that the move to take over the case from the DSS was to ensure speedy completion of the case.