Justice Iyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja, has ordered Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami and the Director-General of Nigeria’s intelligence service, DSS, to appear before him on Monday, December 23 in respect of activist Omoyele Sowore’s rearrest and detention.
The judge issued the order in a brief ruling on Tuesday in the fundamental suit filed by Sowore against the AGF and DSS.
The publisher of SaharaReporters in charge sheet is requesting the court to order the DSS to pay him the sum of N500 million as damages for detention and violation of his fundamental rights.
Recall that a judge of the Federal High Court in Abuja had signed a release order for Mr Sowore on November 6, having met the bail conditions set by the judge. But the SSS refused to release the activist.
Many Nigerians and lawyers have said that the SSS’ refusal to comply with the order effectively meant that Mr Sowore was being held in illegal captivity by state agents.
Mr Sowore was arrested in August for planning a nationwide protest he labelled ‘RevolutionNow’. The Buhari administration said the planned demonstration was a treasonable act because it was aimed at causing a regime change.
He denied the allegations, saying his campaign was to mobilise teeming Nigerian youth to denounce poverty, insecurity and other national challenges assailing the country.