DSS planning to file fresh charges again Sowore -Falana


Human Rights lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria(SAN) Femi Falana has alleged that the Department of State Services, DSS is planning to file a fresh charge against his client, Omoyele Sowore, convener of RevolutionNow Movement.

Falana made the allegations on Monday while speaking during a programme on Channels TV.

He noted that the security agency is trying to use the fresh charges to further detain the publisher of SaharaReporters.

“I was reliably informed last night by a security official that the government was currently fishing for evidence,” he said.

“An attempt is being made to file a fresh charge on Tuesday so that there will be an excuse that ‘we are arraigning them in court, hence we are unable to release them’.

“If you recall, that was what was done when Justice Taiwo Taiwo granted Sowore bail on September 24. For a whole week, the order of the court was flouted. And then, of course, on September 30, he was arraigned together with Olawale Bakare. We are ready for them.”

Last month, a federal high court in Abuja granted Sowore bail but the secret police still held him despite fulfilling the bail condition.

On Friday, Peter Afunanya, spokesman of the DSS, acknowledged that the agency received the order to release Sowore but said the service did not carry it out because no one showed up on his behalf.

However, on Saturday morning, lawyers, supporters and family members of the activist visited the DSS headquarters but were denied access to Sowore.

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