Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, SAN, on Thursday approached a Division of federal high court Abuja and prayed it to give him a date for hearing in his application regarding Omoyele Sowore’s, Convener, #RevolutionNow protests detention.
Presidential Candidate, African Action Congress (AAC) in the Feb. 2019 general elections, was arrested in the early hours of Aug. 4 by the operatives of the DSS in a hotel in Lagos.
Sowore who was arrested on account of the #RevolutionNow protest he had spearheaded was moved to Abuja after his arrest.
Earlier, Sowore had on Aug 9, approached the Federal High Court, Abuja, seeking an order to vacate the ex parte order that gave the Department of State Service (DSS) the legal backing to detain him for 45 days.
Justice Taiwo Taiwo, in a ruling on Aug. 8 in an exparte application, ruled on Sowore’s detention at a reduced period to enable the DSS carry out and conclude its investigation on allegations levied against him.
But DSS had countered by during the week by challenging the court order, allowing it to detain Sowore for 45 days against its request of 90 days pending investigation.
However, in a motion on notice, brought pursuant to sections 6 (6) (B), 35 and 36(4) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 as amended, section 293 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015 and under the jurisdiction of the court, Sowore asked the court to vacate the order on the grounds that the order was made in violation of his full rights.
The motion filed on Aug. 9 by Falana, was predicated on 18 grounds and supported by a 24 paragraphs affidavit deposed to by one Marshall Abubakar.