DSS Reluctantly Releases Sowore, Pays N100,000 Fines
The detained activist, Omoyele Sowore has been released by the Department of State Service (DSS).
Sowore was arrested on August 3 and has been in detention even after the court granted him bail twice.
TheCable reports confirmed the release and one of the lawyers of Sowore, Marshall Abubakar confirmed the development.
“He has been released. I am with him as we speak,” adding that the Olawale Bakare has also been freed.
The DSS has been under attack from both national and international bodies after refusing to obey court order which granted the activists bail.
A Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka had on Wednesday rated President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration the worst in the history of the country in terms of his disregard for the judiciary.
In an attempt to defile the court on Thursday, the DSS re-arraigned the duo at a Federal high court in Abuja.
The move was to commence their trial on charges of treasonable felony, however, the presiding judge, IJeoma Ojukwu gave the agency 24-hour ultimatum to release them.
The judge stressed that there was no reason for the DSS to continue to hold them after she signed the warrants of the release of the defendants from custody.
Judge Ojuwku also awarded N100,000 to be paid to Sowore and Bakare for the illegal detention.
She also gave an ultimatum to pay the money before the next hearing, which is Friday.
It could be recalled that Sowore’s mother had also released a video urging the President and the Director-General of the DSS Yusuf Bichi to release her son.