The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has granted the Department of State Service(DSS), permission to detain publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, for 45 days.
The DSS had filed a motion to the court to detain the convener of the proposed #RevolutionNow protest for 90 days, but the court only granted 45 days.
Justice Taiwo Taiwo, ruling today in an ex-parte motion by the DSS, stated that he would allow the agency detain Sowore for 45 days in the first instance, which could be renewed upon and application, to enable the DSS complete its investigation.
In the motion ex-parte brought by the DSS, under Section 27 of the Terrorism Prevention Act, the agency accused Sowore of engaging in act of terrorism.
The DSS tendered two Digital Versatile Discs (DVD), which contained recording of Sowore’s meeting with Nnamdi Kanu of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and an interview, where Sowore was said to have boasted that members of the equally proscribed Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) were going to join forces with him to bring down the Nigerian government.
Recalled that Sowore was whisked away by officials of DSS at his resident over at the weekend for allegedly for describing the proposed protest as a revolution.
How mixed reactions have trailed his arrest and that of several other demonstrators, who have also been detained and arraigned.