Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja has granted the Department of State Services (DSS) permission to detain Mr. Omoyele Sowore for 45 days.
Sowore is the man spearheading the #RevolutionNow protest. He was arrested by the DSS in the early hours of Saturday at his residence. His arrest came just two days to the launch of the protest across Nigeria against bad governance.
Naija Buzz News had few days ago reported how the DSS requested permission from the Abuja High Court to detain Sowore for 90 days to investigate him following the expiration of 48hours after his arrest as required by law.
The judge in his ruling gave the secret service 45 days instead of the 90 days earlier requested. Justice Taiwo however noted that after the expiration of the first 45 days, the DSS could apply to renew it.
On Monday, we reported how over 55 persons (including journalists and a lawyer) were arrested across some states over their involvement in the August 5th #RevolutionNow protest. The protesters came out despite Sowore’s arrest and warning from the Nigerian Government.
The Inspector General of Police, Adamu Muhammad, had alleged that the #RevolutionNow protest was a treasonable offence. He consequently warned Nigerians to shun the August 5th protest, a warning many vehemently ignored.
Meanwhile, the DSS told the court that Mr. Sowore contravened Section 27(1) of the Terrorism (Prevention) Amendment Act.
Sowore’s legal team did not object the DSS request for more days to investigate him. Consequently, the judge said he had to grant the application only to the extent of allowing the DSS keep Sowore in custody for only 45 days pending its investigations against him.
Justice Taiwo added that should the applicant (DSS) require more time, it had the liberty to apply for Sowore’s detention renewal.
Ibrahim Kenneth Suleiman is the Chief Political Editor at Naija Buzz News Network. He is a graduate of political science from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Kaduna State. He specializes in preparing/approving of political news contents before publication. He currently heads Naija Buzz News team of political correspondents. From Nasarawa State, North-Central Nigeria, Ibrahim is a strong supporter of Manchester United Football Club England.