Mr Omoyele Sowore the #RevolutionNow protest convener, has arrived at the Federal High Court in Abuja set to be arraigned for his charges of treasonable felony and other various offences instituted against him by the Federal Government.
Sowore was surrounded by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) for the face-off in court. He arrived at the court structure at about 9:10 am chanting ‘Revolution,’ with his waiting followers who all completed the slogan with a chorus of “Now.”
Sowore is to be arraigned before Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu, whose courtroom is located on the fourth floor. DSS on August 3rd 2019, arrested Sowore for calling for a revolution through a protest scheduled to hold on the 5th of August 2019.
Justice Taiwo Taiwo in the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court granted the DSS permission to hold the activist in custody for 45 days on the 8th of August 2019.
With just 24 hours left before the expiration of the 45 days granted by Justice Taiwo for DSS to hold Sowore in custody, on September 21st 2019, the AGF office filed several counts of treasonable felony and money laundering charges against the activist.
On the 24th September 2019, upon a request by Sowore’s legal team led by Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), Justice Taiwo Taiwo granted the activist bail, with the sole condition that he deposited his passport in the court’s registry so that he would have not been able to leave the country.
Surprisingly, a week after Sowore was granted bail, DSS still refused to release him which has made his lawyers swift into action. Falana stated that Ayuba Adam of the Legal Department of the DSS received the court order on behalf of the agency on September 24th 2019 (Tuesday).
He added that the agency’s lawyer, G. O. Agbadua, was in court on the day the order was issued as he was the one who represented the agency. This implies that the agency was not in doubt that the court order was issued. On Friday 27th September 2019, the DSS operatives blocked a bailiff of the court from serving the court order again on the agency.