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Court Dismisses Motion To Free Sowore

By Musa Ude, National News Editor

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on Wednesday dismissed  an application challenging the detention of Omoyele Sowore, convener of ‘Revolution Now’ movement.

The judge, Evelyn Maha, said hearing on the application would mean reviewing the court order directing the Department of State Services (DSS) to detain Sowore.

The judge also said that the motion filed by Sowore through Femi Falana, his lawyer, cannot be granted as the matter is already before another judge who granted the initial exparte order.

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Sowore has been in detention since August 3. He was arrested on the eve of a nationwide protest organised by the movement.

The DSS accused him of threatening public peace and safety with the planned protest. After his arrest, the agency charged him with terrorism and subsequently secured a court order to detain him for 45 days.

To secure the order, G.O. Agbadua, counsel to the DSS, had told the court that the secret police needed the period to investigate him.

Taiwo Taiwo, the judge who granted the detention order, said he did so “only to the extent” of allowing the security agency to keep the respondent in custody for the 45 days to conclude its investigation.

Sowore, however, said the secret police does not have the power to prosecute him on terrorism charges.

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