Court grants DSS permission to detain Omoyele Sowore for 45 days


A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has granted the Department of State Services, permission to detain the convener of RevolutionNow, , for 45 days.

Justice Taiwo Taiwo, ruling on an ex parte application by the State Security Service, whose operatives arrested Sowore final Saturday, held that the detention order could be renewable after the expiration of first 45 days on September 21.

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The Intelligence Agency had on Tuesday utilized for permission to hold the Sahara Reporters Publisher for 90 days to examine him over his name for revolution forward of the RevolutionNow protests which held in some elements of the nation on Monday July 5. The safety company anchored its application on the supply of part 27(1) of the Terrorism (Prevention) Amendment Act.

Ruling on ex parte application, a one-sided request by the SSS with out counter-argument by Sowore’s authorized workforce, Justice Taiwo, stated he had to grant the application, “only to the extent” of permitting the safety company to hold the respondent in custody for solely 45 days for the applicant to conclude its investigation.

He stated, though the hearing of the application was one-sided as supplied by 27(1) of the Terrorism (Prevention) Amendment Act, the usage of the phrase, “may”, within the provision “is directory” and never “discretionary”.

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He stated he would subsequently, be failing in his obligation not to grant the request for a detention order. He additionally stated ought to the applicant require extra time to conclude its investigation after the expiration of the primary 45 days, it had the freedom to apply for its renewal.


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