The Federal Government has finally ordered the Department of State Services (DSS), to release Col. Dasuki (retd), former National Security Adviser (NSA), and Omoyele Sowore, convener of Revolution Now Movement, and an ex-presidential candidate in the 2019 general elections.
Dasuki has been in detention since 2015, while Sowore was recently arrested by the DSS over proposed protest against the outcome of the 2019 general elections.
The Attorney General of the Federation, and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, who made this public in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday, December 24. said the decision to release them was in compliance with the bail granted the two by the court.
The statement read: “The office of the honourable attorney general of the federation has reviewed the pending criminal charges against the duo of Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.), and Omoyele Sowore. NCS Human rights turned politician, Omoyele Sowore and the former NSA, Sambo Dasuki
“Whilst the Federal High Court has exercised its discretion in granting bail to the defendants in respect of the charges against them, I am also not unmindful of the right of the complainant/prosecution to appeal or further challenge the grant of bail by the court having regards to extant legal provisions, particularly Section 169 of the administration of criminal justice act, 2015.”
He, however, said that his office has chosen to comply with the court orders while considering the pursuit of its rights of appeal and/or review of the order relating to the bail as granted or varied by the courts.
“In line with the provisions of Sections 150(1) of the 1999 constitution (as amended), and in compliance with the bail granted to Col. Sambo Dasuki (Rtd) (as recently varied by the Court of Appeal), and the bail granted to Omoyele Sowore, I have directed the State Security Services to comply with the order granting bail to the defendants and effect their release.
“The two defendants are enjoined to observe the terms of their bail and refrain from engaging in any act that is inimical to public peace and national security as well as their ongoing trial which will run its course in accordance with the laws of the land.
“I wish to reiterate again the utmost regard of my office for the entire judicial structure of Nigeria. This administration remains unrelenting in deepening the rule of law and the administration of justice in general,” Malami said.
Reacting to Malami’s order, the lawyer to Dasuki, Ahmed Raji, (SAN), commended President Muhammadu Buhari, and the minister for the decision.
Raji said: “We thank God Almighty. “We thank the President of our country, the Attorney General of the Federation, the entire Judiciary and all Nigerians. It is well with us. May God continue to be with all of us.”
In a similar development, Sowore has reportedly thanked Nigerians for supporting him, and making his freedom possible.
Sahara Reporters quoted Sowore as saying: “The only thing is to Thank Nigerians; they made this happen; they should not relent…Nobody can take a people who are determined for granted.”
It will be recalled that the order to release Dasuki and Sowore, came less than 24 hours after a clash between some members of the Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) protesters demanding the release of the latter clashed in Abuja with pro-government group