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Sowore To Remain In Custody For 45 Days

Margaret Solace

The Department Of State Services has been granted the permission to extend the detention of Omoyele Sowore, a presidential candidate of the 2019 general elections and convener of the #RevolutionNow protest.

The custody extension was issued in a Federal High Court hearing in Abuja which will have Sowore remain in detention for 45 more days.

The DSS had earlier applied for an ex parte ruling after their operatives arrested the presidential candidate in his apartment, shortly before the proposed protest.

Justice Taiwo Taiwo, who presided over the ex parte court ruling declared that the extended confinement of Omoyele Sowore is subject to recommencement after his days in custody are completed.

The ex parte application lodged by the DSS was to keep Sowore in custody for 90 days in order to conduct adequate investigation into the #RevolutionNow campaign which he had orchestrated.

Regardless of this arrest, the demonstration occurred in various parts of the nation.

The custody extension applied for by the DSS was backed by the Terrorism (Prevention) Amendment Act.

Justice Taiwo made it known that he could only extend Omoyele Sowore’s days of confinement to 45 days as opposed to 90 days applied for, stating that it should be enough time for ample investigations to be conducted by the security agency.

While granting the permission of the ex parte ruling, he informed the DSS of the opportunity to apply for its renewal should the given days be insufficient for investigations.