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Why Sowore And Dasuki Were Set Free By The Federal Government

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

On Tuesday, the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, ordered the DSS to release Sambo Dasuki and Omoyele Sowore.

Hours after the order was given, Dasuki, a former National Security Adviser (NSA), and the convener of the #RevolutionNow protest, Sowore, were released.

Pictures and videos of both men being welcomed by family, friends and well-wishers after their release have surfaced on the internet.

But many Nigerians are wondering what might have caused the sudden turnaround which resulted in the release of both men who had been held unjustly by the DSS, even after several court orders for their release.

The Nigerian government claims that the reason they finally decided to set both men free was the bail granted them by the courts.

Malami made this disclosure in a statement released on Tuesday.

“The office of the honourable Attorney General of the Federation has reviewed the pending criminal charges against the duo of Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.) and Omoyele Sowore,” the statement read.

"Whilst the Federal High Court has exercised its discretion in granting bail to the Defendants in respect of the charges against them, I am also not unmindful of the right of the Complainant/Prosecution to appeal or further challenge the grant of bail by the court having regards to extant legal provisions, particularly Section 169 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015.

“However, my office has chosen to comply with the court orders while considering the pursuit of its rights of appeal and/or review of the order relating to the bail as granted or varied by the courts.

“In line with the provisions of Sections 150 (1) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), and in compliance with the bail granted to Col. Sambo Dasuki (Rtd) (as recently varied by the Court of Appeal) and the bail granted to Omoyele Sowore, I have directed the State Security Services to comply with the order granting bail to the Defendants and effect their release.

“The two defendants are enjoined to observe the terms of their bail and refrain from engaging in any act that is inimical to public peace and national security as well as their ongoing trial which will run its course in accordance with the laws of the land.

“I wish to reiterate again the utmost regard of my office for the entire judicial structure of Nigeria.

“This administration remains unrelenting in deepening the rule of law and the administration of justice in general.”

While we cannot be certain that the State Security Service had actually granted Sowore and Dasuki bail because they wanted to comply with the court order, it is believed that the intervention of the US government forced the hands of the Nigerian government.

It is believed by many, especially in the cyberspace, that the release of both men was in compliance with the US government who had written the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation requesting that both men be treated fairly.

In a letter which was sent by the US Congress through its ambassador to Nigeria, the continual disregard of the rule of law by the DSS was cited, as the global powerhouse warned that the continuous illegal detention of Sowore could affect Nigeria's international reputation.

See the letter which was signed by US senators: