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Court Refuses To Grant Sowore’s Application Against Detention Order

Court Refuses To Grant Sowore’s Application Against Detention Order

Austin Papi

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has dismissed the motion filed by the legal representatives of Mr. Omoyele Sowore to grant the RevolutionNow convener an application challenging his 45-day detention by the Department of State Security (DSS).

Justice Nkeonye Maya, overseeing the case, declined all applications by Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), the legal representative of Sowore. She also adjourned the case to Justice Taiwo for further hearing.

Falana had asked the court to set aside the ex parte order granted by Justice Taiwo, while also applying for bail, but Justice Maha rejected both applications.

Sowore had on August 9 approached the court to seek the cancellation of the ex parte order that had given the DSS a legal backing to detain him for 45 days.

Justice Taiwo had ruled in favour of the DSS, granting them an ex parte application on August 8, which allowed Sowore to be detained for 45 days to enable the DSS to conclude their investigation on the allegations levelled against him.

On August 20, the DSS had also submitted a case of their own, challenging the court order, allowing them to detain Sowore for 45 days against their initial request of 90 days pending the conclusion of the investigations.