DSS re-arrests Sowore, files fresh charges, says lawyer


Defiant Sowore

  The Department of State Security (DSS) Friday re-arrested activist and former presidential candidate, Omoyele Sowore, at a court hearing in Abuja, hours after he was freed on bail, his lawyer, Femi Falana, told reporters.

According to Falana, the DSS has filed fresh charges against the activist, and co-convener of Revolution Now.

 Sowore, who ran against President Muhammadu Buhari, in February’s election, was first arrested in August and has pleaded not guilty to charges of treason, money laundering and harassing the president.

He was released on bail on Thursday ahead of a court hearing on Friday.

 However, his lawyer, Femi Falana, said the activist was re-arrested by state security officials on Friday after the hearing, screaming and shouting as he was dragged away.

Falana said operatives of DSS had filed new charges against Sowore, without elaborating.

Sowore’s continued detention despite being granted bail has led to criticism of Buhari’s administration and allegations that human rights have been flouted in this case and those of other high-profile figures.

DSS Operatives

Prior to Thursday’s release, the DSS said Sowore’s bail conditions had not been met and detained him for several weeks. But a court in Abuja said on Thursday he must be released within 24 hours.

“Having complied with the order of court … what is therefore required is for the state security service to allow our clients enjoy their limited freedom,” Falana said after Sowore was re-arrested on Friday.

According to Sahara Reporters, an online newspaper founded by Sowore, said was taken to the DSS headquarters after his latest arrest.


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