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Tag: Department of State Services

DSS Uncovers Plots To Incite Religious Violence In Selected States In Nigeria
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DSS Uncovers Plots To Incite Religious Violence In Selected States In Nigeria

The Department of State Services (DSS) wishes to alert the public about plans by some elements working with external forces to incite religious violence across the country. Targeted States include Sokoto, Kano, Kaduna, Plateaued, Rivers, Oyo, Lagos and those in the South East. Part of the plans is to cause inter-religious conflicts as well as use their foot soldiers to attack some worship centres, religious leaders, personalities, key and vulnerable points. Consequently, Nigerians are advised to be wary of these antics and shun all divisive tendencies aimed at inciting or setting them against one another. While the Service pledges to collaborate with sister agencies to ensure that public order is maintained, those hatching these plots are warned to desist from such in the interes...
DSS Shuts Abuja School, Sacks 140 Teachers Over Request For Better Welfare
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DSS Shuts Abuja School, Sacks 140 Teachers Over Request For Better Welfare

For demanding better conditions of service and regularisation of their appointment, the Department of State Services has sacked 140 teachers and other staff members of its Community Staff Schools, Asokoro, Abuja. The service also shut down the institution and directed the 1,800 pupils in the nursery/primary and secondary classes to stay at home for two weeks. One of our correspondents, who visited the school on Wednesday, was informed by a private security guard at the gate that all the pupils had been sent away pending the engagement of new teachers by the authorities. Findings indicate that the primary school commenced pupil enrolment in 1992/93, while the secondary classes took off in 1998. Trouble began when the teachers demanded the regularisation of their appointment ...
DSS Denies Aiding Attacks On EndSARS Protester
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DSS Denies Aiding Attacks On EndSARS Protester

The Department of State Services, DSS has denied any involvement in aiding attacks on #EndSARS protesters. Below is a statement from the agency signed by its spokesperson, Peter Afunanya. "The attention of the Department of State Services (DSS) has been drawn to the fake news making the round that its personnel are aiding pro-SARS supporters and thugs to attack #ENDSARS protesters in Abuja. Part of the untruth being spewed to the public is that some of its officials attached to certain VIPs aided thugs in this regard." "In view of the false accusations, no DSS personnel has, so far, been identified to be involved in the alleged acts. It begs the question to conclude that SUVs and persons dressed in suits and sighted in conflict environments are of the DSS. Fact is that no staf...
NSCDC Official Shoots DSS Operative Dead In Osun
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NSCDC Official Shoots DSS Operative Dead In Osun

how an operative of the Department of State Services (DSS), identified as Seyi Adebowale, was allegedly shot dead by an official of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, (NSCDC), Sunday Dada. The incident, was said to have happened at Kuta, in Ayedire Local Government Area of Osun State, during a function at the palace of Olowu Kuta, the traditional ruler of the town on Tuesday night, September 15. It was reported that Dada and his colleague, who were attached to the palace were shooting indiscriminately in a celebratory mood when a stray bullet hit the DSS officer. In a footage obtained by DAILY POST, the NSCDC officer, Dada lost control of his ammunition; the bullet smashed hard on the ground before it hit the DSS officer, Adebowale, who was passing by. https://youtu....
Obadiah Mailafia ‘Profusely Apologised’, Playing To The Gallery – DSS
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Obadiah Mailafia ‘Profusely Apologised’, Playing To The Gallery – DSS

The Department of State Services (DSS) on Friday said a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Dr Obadiah Mailafiya, is playing to the gallery and desperate to breach peace in the country. Mailafiya, had in a recent interview, alleged a Northern Governor was Commander of the Boko Haram terrorist group. He was subsequently invited by the Plateau State office of the DSS for questioning and later released. Public Relations Officer, National Headquarters, Abuja of the DSS, Dr Peter Afunanya, in a statement on Friday pointed out this was an indication of an earlier warning about desperate efforts by some notable personalities to use their exalted positions to cause total breakdown of law and order. Afunanya said Mailafiya had “profusely apologised” during ...
SIM Card: Court Awards N10M Against DSS, Absolves Buhari’s Daughter
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SIM Card: Court Awards N10M Against DSS, Absolves Buhari’s Daughter

A Federal High Court in Asaba has awarded N10m in damages against the Department of State Services for illegally detaining a trader, Anthony Okolie, for 10 weeks without charge. Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, however, struck out the prayer requesting the President’s daughter, Hanan Buhari, and telecoms company, MTN, to pay N500m.Dimgba delivered his judgement on Thursday. Okolie, had sued the President’s daughter as well as the DSS and MTN over his 10-week detention after purchasing a SIM card previously owned by Hanan. In a suit filed on his behalf by human rights lawyer, Tope Akinyode, the applicant sued all parties for N500m jointly and separately. The suit, with number FHC/ASB/CS/3/2020, sought an order to “compel the respondents (DSS, Hanan and MTN) jointly or severally to pay the...
Presidency Ordered Probe Of Anthony Okolie Using Hanan Buhari’s Old Line – DSS
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Presidency Ordered Probe Of Anthony Okolie Using Hanan Buhari’s Old Line – DSS

The Department of State Services has said the Presidency ordered the investigation of a trader, Anthony Okolie, who was using a telephone line previously owned by the President’s daughter, Hanan Buhari. The DSS said this in a counter-affidavit in response to the originating motion filed by Okolie. The DSS position seems to be at variance with that of Hanan who had said in her own counter-affidavit that she never reported any case to the agency. Okolie, who was detained for 10 weeks by the DSS, dragged the DSS and the President’s daughter as well as MTN Nigeria before a Federal High Court in Asaba, Delta State. The applicant is seeking N500m in damages for his ordeal. In a counter-affidavit deposed to by one S.M Kayode on behalf of the DSS, the agency said it had the righ...
DSS Arrests Student Over Anti-Buhari Articles
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DSS Arrests Student Over Anti-Buhari Articles

Human rights lawyer , Mr Inibehe Effiong, says the Department of State Services has arrested his client who is also a campus journalist , Ayoola Babalola, for allegedly publishing articles critical of the President, Maj. Gen Muhammadu Buhari ( retd. ) , and All Progressives Congress chieftain , Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. Effiong made the allegation during a chat with Sunday PUNCH . He explained that Babalola , a student of Mass Communications at Gateway Polytechnic , Abeokuta , was the editor of a campus newspaper known as “ GAMPOSA Trumpet”. In the 2019 edition of the newspaper in November 2019, the newspaper published an article titled , “President Buhari does not believe in Nigeria ” which was written by Apostle Alfred Tseye- Okotie . In the article , it was stated that the Bu...
DSS Invites Campus Journalist For Publishing Content On Sowore, School Demotes Supervising Lecturer
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DSS Invites Campus Journalist For Publishing Content On Sowore, School Demotes Supervising Lecturer

The Department of State Services has invited editor of a campus newspaper at Gateway ICT Polytechnic, Ogun State, Ayoola Babalola, for interrogation over the publication of certain contents on Omoyele Sowore. The campus newspaper had recently published articles demanding good governance and obedience to rule of law in Nigeria. Some of the articles published include: 'Will EFCC investigate Chief Bola Tinubu?', 'Sowore: An equal opportunity offender', and 'President Buhari does not believe in Nigeria'. Rector of the polytechnic, Mr I.K. Oyeyinka, who describes himself a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress, said the institution was apologetic to the APC, adding that the published items was against the interest of the party. Oyeyinka went ahead to demote the su...
Dasuki Pictured With His Family After 4 Years In Detention
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Dasuki Pictured With His Family After 4 Years In Detention

Former National Security Adviser to ex -President, Goodluck Jonathan, Sambo Dasuki, returned to his Abuja home 9pm Tuesday night after a 4-year incarceration. Dasuki had been in the Department of State Services’ (DSS) detention since December 29, 2015. Once he arrived at his residence he observed some moment of privacy. “The first thing he did was to pray. He went into a private mode and was there for several minutes. After that, he embraced every one in the house”, our source said. Dasuki was surrounded by his wife, children, relatives and some close associates. The atmosphere was very emotional as many cried at the sight of the retired colonel. “Dasuki remains strong; you know how military men are. He was actually the one comforting others, telling them to stop crying”, the source ...
Nigerian Senate Invites Sowore’s Lawyer Over Invasion Of Court By DSS
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Nigerian Senate Invites Sowore’s Lawyer Over Invasion Of Court By DSS

According to SaharaReporters, the Nigerian Senate has invited lead counsel to Omoyele Sowore, Femi Falana (SAN), to appear before it over the invasion of the Federal High Court by operatives of the Department of State Services. Falana was asked to appear before the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal matters on Thursday by 10:00am. The Senate had mandated the committee to investigate the invasion of the court after some DSS officials stormed the place to effect the rearrest of Sowore, who is standing trial in  case brought against him by the Nigerian Government. The Senate, in the letter to Falana, noted that the court should not be disrespected, adding that lawmakers and Nigerians would like to know what actually transpired in the court. The letter reads, “Pursuan...
We Have To Respect The Rule Of Law – Ahmad Lawan
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We Have To Respect The Rule Of Law – Ahmad Lawan

Senate President, Dr. Ahmad Lawan has called on the President Muhammadu Buhari led federal government to obey the rule of law to the fullest. Lawan made the call while fielding questions from newsmen on Monday in Abuja, an event that was covered by Igbere TV correspondent. Speaking on the repeated violations of the rule of law by President Buhari, the Senate President said Nigerians should not suffer unduly for a crime they are not guilty of. This is coming at a time the Buhari administration has been accused of disrespecting the rule of law in the trial of Omoyele Sowore, convener of RevolutionNow Movement. Sowore, SaharaReporters publisher has been in custody of the Department of State Services (DSS), despite been granted bail by courts. On December 9, 2019, DSS operativ...
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UK government speaks on Sowore’s rearrest, asks FG to respect rule of law

The UK government has reacted to the drama which played out at the Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday December 6, just before Omoyele Sowore was arrested by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) while his trial was in session. The British High Commission in Nigeria in its tweet disclosed that it is following Sowore's detention closely. The commission also stated that respect for the rule of law and free and responsible speech is fundamental for democracy. It added that the UK government is committed to defending and strengthening human rights worldwide. The tweet reads; “As we celebrate #HumanRightsDay, we encourage all political, state and non-state actors to uphold the ideals set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, signed 71 years ago today. ...
Ibrahim Mustapha: Fake Medical Doctor Jailed For 54 Years In Adamawa
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Ibrahim Mustapha: Fake Medical Doctor Jailed For 54 Years In Adamawa

A high court in Yola, Adamawa state capital, has sentenced Ibrahim Mustapha, a fake medical doctor, to 54 years in prison. In June, the Department of State Services (DSS) arrested Mustapha, who was employed as a doctor in the state with forged medical certificates. The convict was the principal medical officer at the cottage hospitals in Mayo Belwa and Fufore, and had reportedly performed surgical operations on several patients since 2015. At least 15 patients were reported dead after Mustapha performed surgical operations on them. Delivering the verdict, Nathan Musa, the presiding judge, said the court considered Mustapha’s earlier plea of guilty. “On counts one to three, I sentenced him six months each with the option of fine of N20,000 each,” the judge ruled. “On c...
Sowore: Akeredolu Condemns DSS, Warns Lawyers Could Be Arrested In Court
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Sowore: Akeredolu Condemns DSS, Warns Lawyers Could Be Arrested In Court

Ondo state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, has tasked legal practitioners to rise to the challenge of protecting the judiciary from interference. Nigerian Tribune reports that the governor made this call at the opening ceremony of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Ibadan branch, held at Aare Afe Babalola Bar Centre, Iyaganku, Ibadan, on Monday, December 9. Making specific reference to the rearrest of Omoyele Sowore by the Department of State Services (DSS), Akeredolu, who chaired the occasion, urged the bar to condemn the DSS for desecrating the nation’s courtroom. He warned that judges were at risk of being arrested in wig and gown during court session if the bar continued to adopt a passive and inactive posture to addressing issues. He, therefore, urged legal practitioners to ...
DSS Begged Sowore To Accept ‘Death Warrant’ Deal – Falana
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DSS Begged Sowore To Accept ‘Death Warrant’ Deal – Falana

Femi Falana, counsel to Omoyele Sowore, convener of RevolutionNow Movement, on Monday, alleged that the Nigerian government offered the activist a “death warrant” deal while in custody of the Department of State Services, DSS. Falana disclosed that the Nigerian government reached out for the deal during Sowore’s first 45 days in detention. Featuring on TVC’s The View, Falana said: “They went to a court behind us and got an order to detain Sowore for 45 days to investigate his alleged terrorism. “At the end of the investigation, nothing was found but they went to him in detention to reach a deal.” The activist stated that the DSS also reached out to him to convince Sowore when they could not persuade the Sahara Reporters’s publisher to take the deal he was offered. “When ...
Sowore: Gani Adams Says Buhari’s Government Not Different From Abacha Junta
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Sowore: Gani Adams Says Buhari’s Government Not Different From Abacha Junta

Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Abiodun Ige Adams, has described the re-arrest of Omoyele Sowore, convener of the #RevolutionNow movement, shortly after his release as a national tragedy. Adams said the situation that played out at the court only indicated that Nigeria had drifted as a democratic nation. Speaking at the weekend, he insisted that the situation in the country had justified that the rule of law was gradually dying, while the Federal Government remained helpless. "What happened at the court reminded me of the dark era of the military but, ironically, the present government under President Muhammadu Buhari is like the military junta of the late Sani Abacha in which the military brigandage held sway for years. “I have been watching events as they unfold, ...
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Presidency Justifies Sowore’s Rearrest, Says He’s Person Of Interest To DSS

The Presidency has justified the re arrest of the convener of #RevolutionNow, Omoyele Sowore, by the operatives of Department of State Services (DSS), by stating that the latter was planning a revolution to overthrow a democratically elected government of Nigeria. Global outrage has continued to trail Friday morning rearrest of Sowore in the premises of the Federal High Court of Abuja, by DSS officers, few hours after he was released on bail by Justice Ifeoma Ojukwu The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity, Garba Shehu, said in a statement on Sunday that the DSS was only exercising its power by rearresting Sowore. The presidential spokesman accused Sowore of calling for a revolution to overthrow the democratically elected government of Nigeria, adding...
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DSS: We Didn’t Arrest Sowore In Court — His Supporters Were Only Acting

The Department of State Services (DSS) says its officers did not arrest Omoyele Sowore, convener of the #RevolutionNow movement, in court, claiming that the journalist’s supporters were only acting an “orchestrated drama”. A statement signed by Peter Afunanya, DSS spokesperson, the state secret police, said there were none of its officers involved in the incidents recorded in the courtroom. “It has become important that the Department of State Services responds to the serial misinformation being circulated in the media about its involvement in the incident that occurred on 6th December, 2019 at the Federal High Court, Abuja,” the statement read. “It is instructive to note that during the court proceeding of the day under reference, Defence Counsel, Femi FALANA (SAN), called th...
Soyinka Compares DSS With Dog, Says Dogs More Civilised
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Soyinka Compares DSS With Dog, Says Dogs More Civilised

Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, says dogs act more civilised than the operatives of the Department of State Services that stormed the Federal High Court, Abuja, on Friday, to re-arrest the Publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore. Soyinka said this in a statement titled, ‘Lessons from the African Wild Dog (Lycaeon Pictus)’ on Friday. He said, “A few years ago, I watched the video of a pack of the famed African wild dogs hunt, eventually bring down, and proceed to devour a quarry. “It was an impala, antelope family. The pack isolated the most vulnerable looking member of the herd – it was pregnant – pursued it, until it fled to a waterhole which, for such animals, is the nearest thing to a sanctuary. “A few minutes ago, almost as it was happening, I watched the video ...
“No Matter Whose Side You Are On, Sowore’s Rearrest Cannot Be Right” – Akin Alabi
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“No Matter Whose Side You Are On, Sowore’s Rearrest Cannot Be Right” – Akin Alabi

Businessman-cum-Politician Akin Alabi has reacted to to the rearrest of the convener of RevolutionNow protest, Omoyele Sowore by the Department of State Services (DSS). The DSS will have to explain why Sowore was rearrested. And the reason has to be HUGE. We just debated on the floor yesterday about separation of powers but this is a desecration of the judiciary. No matter whose side you are on, this cannot be right in anyway.
Nigerian Bar Association Demands Immediate Suspension Of DSS Boss
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Nigerian Bar Association Demands Immediate Suspension Of DSS Boss

The Nigerian Bar Association has demanded the immediate suspension of the Director-General of Department of State Services, Yusuf Bichi, over the style used in rearresting Omoyele Sowore in court premises. Operatives of the DSS had stormed the Federal High Court on Friday to arrest Sowore. The invasion of the courtroom forced Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu to abandon sitting and judicial activities for the day. The NBA in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kunle Edun, said it was “greatly dismayed at the exhibition of primitivity, thuggery, insane passion for lawlessness, contempt and disrespect for the rule of law by the agents of the DSS”. The body of lawyers in the country also said that it finds it disgraceful that this 'court riot' occasioned by the high-handedness ...
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Sowore’s Co-Defendant, Olawale Bakare, Declared Missing

Operatives of the Department of State Services had stormed the Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday morning during the commencement of their trial and disrupted proceedings in an attempt to forcefully rearrest the two men. Activist, Olawale Bakare popularly known as Mandate, who is standing trial with pro-democracy campaigner, Omoyele Sowore, in a case brought against them by the Nigerian Government, has been declared missing. Operatives of the Department of State Services had stormed the Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday morning during the commencement of their trial and disrupted proceedings in an attempt to forcefully rearrest the two men. After facing resistance from other activists inside the courtroom however, the DSS operatives retreated outside to lay ambush. T...
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Omoyele Sowore Has Been Rearrested By DSS

DSS finally re-arrests Omoyele Sowore after chasing judge out of the courtroom with gun. He has been taken to the headquarters of the DSS. Operatives of the Department of State Services on Friday morning disrupted the ongoing trial of activists Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare, attempting to rearrest the two men, who were only released from its detention on Thursday evening. The DSS operatives also chased away the presiding judge, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu while also brutalising a journalist with a popular television station. There is currently an ongoing standoff inside the court premises as the DSS operatives are refusing to allow Sowore and his lawyers come out of the place.
Court Gives DSS 24 Hours To Release Sowore Or Face Its Wrath
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Court Gives DSS 24 Hours To Release Sowore Or Face Its Wrath

The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Thursday, ordered the Department of State Services (DSS) to release Omoyele Sowore, Convener, #RevolutionNow Protest, within 24 hours.   Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu, who gave the order, also awarded an N100, 000 fine against the DSS over its delay to serve the defence counsel with the additional proof of evidence in the ongoing trial of Sowore and Olawale Bakare.   The judge, who was visibly angry over the development which has caused the court to adjourned the trial at the instance of the DSS, said the fine must be paid to the defendants before the next adjourned date.   Ojukwu, therefore, adjourned until Dec. 6 for trial continuation.   Details later...
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(Video) Sowore’s Mother, Esther Kehinde Appeals To Buhari, DSS To Release Her Son

Mrs. Esther Kehinde Sowore, the mother of the #RevolutionNow Convener Omoyele Sowore, has made a video note in which she appealed to President Buhari and the Department of State Services (DSS) to release Sowore since he has fulfilled his bail conditions. Mrs. Esther called on all Nigerian mothers to speak out as all her son wanted was a good future for the Nigerian child. She said her son will not run away because he is not a criminal. She said: “Dear SSS, Dear Buhari, I am Yele Sowore’s mother. I am sending you this message as a mother. I am a woman, your mother is a woman, your wife is a woman also. This is December and Yele has been taken away since August. “He always comes to me in the village every December but you have been holding him. I am a widow, my son has always...
Sowore, Bakare, Falana: SERAP Petitions DSS
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Sowore, Bakare, Falana: SERAP Petitions DSS

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has written to Mrs Soyata Maiga, Chairperson of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the commission’s members to take action against the harassment of Omoyele Sowore, Olawale Bakare, their sureties and lawyers, particularly Femi Falana, SAN. According to SERAP, Nigeria’s Department of State Services (DSS) has stated that it would not release the activists until it is allowed to vet sureties that have already been verified by the court. SERAP deputy director, Kolawole Oluwadare, who released the petition on Sunday noted that the harassment of detained activists, their sureties as well as lawyers who come to their defence, shows a steady slide away from the rule of law and underscores the urgent need for th...
Sowore May Be Knocked Down By Vehicle If Released By Us, DSS Claims
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Sowore May Be Knocked Down By Vehicle If Released By Us, DSS Claims

In yet another ridiculous twist, the Department of State Services on Tuesday said that it was yet to release pro-democracy campaigner and Publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, from its detention facility in Abuja because it doesn't want him to get knocked down by a vehicle on his way out. Spokesperson for the agency, Peter Afunanya, also told journalists in Abuja on Tuesday that Sowore's lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), was yet to come fetch him from their facility. Afunanya said, "We cannot just release Sowore and ask him to go because he may be knocked down by a vehicle at the gate." Afunanya noted that Falana had not been to the headquarters of the service since the activist was granted bail, a claim the popular rights lawyer vehemently rejects. Afunanya claimed that ...
Release Sowore, Bakare And Stop Exposing Nigeria To Ridicule – Falana To DSS
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Release Sowore, Bakare And Stop Exposing Nigeria To Ridicule – Falana To DSS

Human rights lawyer , Mr . Femi Falana ( SAN) , on Wednesday , charged the Department of State Services to immediately release the convener of #RevolutionNow protest , Mr . Omoyele Sowore, and Olawale Bakare. He asked the agency to stop exposing Nigeria to ridicule with its ever-changing excuses for continuing to hold on to them in violation of the Federal High Court ’s order for their release. Falana was replying the DSS’ latest statement issued by its spokesperson, Peter Ifunaya , on Wednesday , when the agency blamed the continued detention of the Sahara Reporters publisher and Bakare on the failure of their sureties to show up to receive them from custody . The senior lawyer narrated the steps that his legal team had taken to ensure the release of their clients since a bailiff first...
DSS must stop display of naked power and release Sowore now –  Wole Soyinka
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DSS must stop display of naked power and release Sowore now – Wole Soyinka

Professor Wole Soyinka has warned the Department of State Services, DSS, to stop the charade and display of ''crude and naked power'' by releasing the Convener, #RevolutionNow protest, Omoyele Sowore still being kept in their custody despite meeting his stringent bail conditions. Operatives of the DSS had on Tuesday fired gun shots and used pepper spray to disperse protesters who were gathered around the service headquarters to demand for the release of Sowore. According to a report by PM News, Soyinka, in a statement he personally issued late Tuesday night also said it should become abundantly clear by now that Civil Society Organisations, committed to the entrenchment of the Rule of Law and the defence of fundamental human rights must come together. Read the statement below “...
DSS Plans To File Fresh Charges Against Sowore – Falana Raises Alarm
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DSS Plans To File Fresh Charges Against Sowore – Falana Raises Alarm

Human Rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), has raised the alarm over plans by the Department of State Services to file fresh charges against detained pro-democracy campaigner and Publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, on Tuesday with a view to keeping him further in incarceration. Falana made the disclosure on Monday during a programme on Channels TV. The respected lawyer said that he will file contempt charges against the agency on Tuesday. He said the contempt proceedings is to compel the DSS Director-General, Yusuf Bichi, to justify in court why the agency had disobeyed orders directing that his client be released.
‘Our Lawyers Spent 4 Hours Waiting To Receive Sowore’ — Falana Tackles DSS
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‘Our Lawyers Spent 4 Hours Waiting To Receive Sowore’ — Falana Tackles DSS

Femi Falana, senior of advocate of Nigeria (SAN), says lawyers waited to receive Omoyele Sowore at the headquarters of the Department of State Services (DSS) after a court order to release him was served. The DSS had on Friday said it received the order to free the convener of the Revolution Now movement, but there was no one to stand on his behalf. But in a statement, Falana, lead counsel to Sowore, said the DSS statement is misleading as the agency already told the lawyers that Sowore would be released. “On 6/11/19 the bailiff of the federal high court wanted to serve the reproduction warrants issued by the court on the Director-General of the State Security Service (SSS). But the SSS asked the Bailiff to call back at 10.00 am on 7/11/19. The bailiff did and was able to serv...
Sowore: DSS Claims They Wanted To Release Him But No One Came To Receive Him
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Sowore: DSS Claims They Wanted To Release Him But No One Came To Receive Him

The Department of State Services (DSS) has confirmed receiving the court order on the release of Omoyele Sowore, convener of the Revolution Now movement. Sowore was arrested in Lagos on August 3 and later flown to Abuja where he is being detained. A federal high court in Abuja had granted him bail but after fulfilling the conditions of the bail, the secret police did not allow him leave its custody. This sparked a nationwide outrage, with Femi Falana, his lawyer, threatening to sue the DSS. In a statement on Friday, Peter Afunanya, spokesman of the DSS, said while the agency has received the order, no one has visited the DSS to take delivery of the activist. “The DSS wishes to confirm that it has received the court order for the release of Omoyele Sowore,” the statement ...
DSS Confirms Receipt Of Court Order To Release Sowore
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DSS Confirms Receipt Of Court Order To Release Sowore

For the second time in about one month on Thursday, the Department of State Services failed to obey a court order directing the release of pro-democracy activist and Publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore. The agency, which was on Thursday morning served with the latest ruling of a Federal High Court, Abuja, by the court’s bailiff and lawyers to Sowore, acknowledged receipt of the document but refused to obey the directive. As at the time of filing this report, there was no indication that the agency was ready to honour the court order and release Sowore and Olawale Bakare widely known as Mandate, who had been detained in their custody since August 3 and 5, 2019 respectively. In a precursor to Thursday’s refusal to honour the order issued by Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Fed...
Kemi Olunloyo Wears #RevolutionNow Beret
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Kemi Olunloyo Wears #RevolutionNow Beret

Controversial investigative journalist, Kemi Olunloyo, has defied the Federal Government by wearing the RevolutionNow beret. Convener of the RevolutionNow protest, Omoyele Sowore, is in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) on charges of treasonable felony and other sundry offences. However, Ms Olunloyo, in a tweet sighted on Thursday, said that she could wear whatever she wanted, describing it as freedom of expression. “Nigerian youth, this is called #Freedomofexpression. You can wear what you want. I can choose to wear my #RevolutionNow beret presented to me at #felabration2019 by #Sowore group or wear my wig,” she wrote. DSS counsel, Hassan Liman, on Wednesday failed in his bid to get the Federal High Court, Abuja, to take witnesses in-camera in the ongoing trial...
Omoyele Sowore’s Neighbors In US Demand His Release From DSS Custody
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Omoyele Sowore’s Neighbors In US Demand His Release From DSS Custody

Residents of Bergen County in New Jersey, US, where detained activist, Omoyele Sowore, is said to be resident, have demanded his release from custody. Mr Sowore is in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) on charges of treasonable felony and other sundry offences. NJ.com reports that residents of the county will on Monday evening gather at Haworth Borough Hall to demand Sowore’s release. Speaking on the gathering, Haworth Councilwoman Heather Wasser said: “We want the federal government paying attention. We want the United Nations paying attention. We want him out of Nigeria safely.” Congressman Josh Gottheimer, who represents the district that Sowore resides in, said he is looking into the matter. “We’re in touch with the State Department on this matter ...
Sowore And Olawale Bakare Fail To Meet Bail Conditions
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Sowore And Olawale Bakare Fail To Meet Bail Conditions

The convener of #RevolutionNow protest, Omoyele Sowore, and co-defendant, Olawale Bakare, charged with treasonable felony, among others, are yet to perfect the bail granted them on October 4, 2019 by a Federal High Court in Abuja. It was learnt on Friday that both men were still in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) where they are being held. Sowore and Bakare were granted bail by in a ruling penultimate Friday by Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu, but attached conditions which his lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), described as stringent. The Nation learnt that their lawyers were planning to return to court with an application to request for a reduction in the bail conditions to those which the defendants could readily meet. Justice Ojukwu had, while granting them bail, also ...
I Am Ready For Buhari Regime’s Ridiculous Charges – Sowore
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I Am Ready For Buhari Regime’s Ridiculous Charges – Sowore

Omoyele Sowore has expressed his readiness to begin the re-arraignment process of the fresh charges laid before him by the Department of State Services and the Nigerian government. Sowore appeared in court for the first time today since he was abducted by the DSS on August 3. Sowore, who is being arraigned before Justice Ijeoma on a seven-count charge, spoke to journalists briefly inside the courtroom. "We are in court, of course to attend to their ridiculous charges and we are ready for them," Sowore said with a smile on his face. The DSS has failed to obey a court order by Justice Taiwo Taiwo to release Sowore on bail following the expiration of the 45-day detention order granted to the DSS.
Sowore: DSS Lied, I Personally Served Them Court Order – Falana
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Sowore: DSS Lied, I Personally Served Them Court Order – Falana

Mr Femi Falana, SAN, counsel Mr Omoyele Sowore, has reacted to a claim by the Department of State Services (DSS) that it was not served with copies of the order directing the release of the publisher. In a telephone interview on Thursday evening, Falana, said he doubts that the statement made by the DSS spokesperson, Peter Afunaya, was authorised by the Director-General of the agency, Yusuf Bichi. According to him, “the DSS has a duty to comply, not only with this order, but also with all the orders made by courts of law in Nigeria.” The Punch Newspaper had reported a statement attributed to Mr Afunaya stating that the DSS was yet to receive the court order for Mr Sowore’s release. “We have not received the court order. And his (Sowore’s) counsel is a very senior member of ...
Sowore Won’t Be Released Until Due Process Is Followed – DSS
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Sowore Won’t Be Released Until Due Process Is Followed – DSS

The Department of State Service (DSS) has said it won’t release Omoyele Sowore, publisher of Sahara Reporters, until due process is followed. The DSS stated this in response to why it has refused to release the former presidential candidate despite the latter meeting bail conditions granted him by a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja. The publisher being detained by the security agency is accused of treason, fraud and insulting President Muhammadu Buhari. The federal government has slammed a seven count charge to that effect on him. He was arrested earlier last month for spearheading a revolutionary protest that went on despite his absence. The publisher was granted bail after the DSS declined renewing an order seeking his continued detention after an earlier 45-day detention...
I Will Not Leave Your Office, Falana Tells DSS After Failing To Release Sowore
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I Will Not Leave Your Office, Falana Tells DSS After Failing To Release Sowore

As the waiting game continues at the headquarters of the Department of State Services in Abuja over the release of Omoyele Sowore, his lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), has vowed to remain at the facility pending the release of his client. The human rights lawyer insisted that he and his team would stay put until the DSS releases Sowore to him as ordered by the court and having perfected the bail condition. He said that as long as his client was being held, he would not leave the premises of the DSS. Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja had on Tuesday ordered the DSS to release Sowore on bail. However, many Nigerians had expressed doubt on the DSS and President Muhammadu Buhari's administration to obey the court order especially following the regime's penchant fo...
“How I Found Out I Had Been Granted Bail” – Sowore Speaks
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“How I Found Out I Had Been Granted Bail” – Sowore Speaks

Sowore was granted bail by Justice Taiwo Taiwo on the condition that he deposits his international passport with the court and that he is produced whenever needed by his lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN). Details have emerged as to how pro-democracy campaigner and Convener of RevolutionNow movement, Omoyele Sowore, found out that he had been granted bail on Tuesday by the Federal High Court in Abuja. Sowore was granted bail by Justice Taiwo Taiwo on the condition that he deposits his international passport with the court and that he is produced whenever needed by his lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN). Speaking with Sahara Reporters at the facility of the Department of State Services where he is being held in Abuja, Sowore said, "On Tuesday morning, I was asked to dress up by men of the DSS in...
Sowore’s Release A Victory For The Rule Of Law – SERAP
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Sowore’s Release A Victory For The Rule Of Law – SERAP

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has welcomed decision by Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja ordering the immediate release of the convener of #RevolutionNow protest, Mr. Omoyele Sowore, from the custody of the Department of State Service as “a victory for the rule of law, human rights and judicial independence.” In a statement, SERAP deputy director Kolawole Oluwadare said: “It's a huge relief that Sowore will be freed and can finally return to his family and journalism work. He should never have been detained in the first place. The Nigerian authorities should now withdraw all the charges against him and allow freedom of expression and media freedom to flourish. It’s good for everyone.” SERAP said: “The Nigerian authorities now have t...
How I Was Maltreated In DSS Detention — Sowore
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How I Was Maltreated In DSS Detention — Sowore

The co-convener of #RevolutionNow protest, Omoyele Sowore, who has been in the detention of the Department of State Services since August 3, 2019, has accused the DSS of maltreating him. “I was abducted in the middle of the night. I was taken to one of your facilities in Lagos. I was beaten up, rough-handled on my way to the facility in the car. And my cousin, who was in the room with me, was also beaten and handcuffed, and my properties were forcefully seized. And when I got there, of course, the maltreatment continued, they threw me on a cold floor and locked the door. “I had no contact with even the guards for two nights; I was in that facility before I was flown here by your agents. So, I was seriously maltreated,” Sowore reportedly said during an interrogation session by DSS...
DSS To Arraign Sowore In Court On Tuesday
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DSS To Arraign Sowore In Court On Tuesday

The federal government will on Tuesday, Sept. 24, formally arraign Omoyele Sowore, convener of the RevolutionNow movement. According to SaharaReporters, Sowore will be arraigned at the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja. Igbere TV had reported that the Department of State Services on Friday slammed seven-count charge on the former presidential candidate. The charges borders on alleged conspiracy to commit treason, cyberstalking President Buhari, and also insulting him in a television interview. Sowore was arrested in Lagos on August 3, 2019 for planning a series of protests against “bad governance” in Nigeria. Despite several calls for his release, the DSS secured an initial 45 days court order to hold him in their custody.
DSS Charges Sowore, Mandate For Treasonable Felony, Cyberstalking Buhari
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DSS Charges Sowore, Mandate For Treasonable Felony, Cyberstalking Buhari

The Department of State Services has charged pro-democracy activist, Omoyele Sowore, to court for treasonable felony, cyberstalking President Muhammadu Buhari among other offences. Sowore was arrested on August 3, 2019 in Lagos for planning a series of protests against bad governance in Nigeria tagged. Another activist, Olawale Mandate, arrested in Osun, has also been charged by the DSS.
Some Individuals And Groups Are Plotting To Set Nigeria On Fire – DSS
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Some Individuals And Groups Are Plotting To Set Nigeria On Fire – DSS

Nigeria’s Department of State Services (DSS) Monday said some individuals and groups under the guise of political differences with the current government are working to destabilise the country. “The DSS wishes to reiterate its earlier alert to the nation of plans by subversive groups and individuals to undermine national security, peace and unity in the country,” DSS spokesman Peter Afunaya said in a statement. “These elements are determined to exploit political differences and other occurrences, within and outside the country, to destabilize the nation. They also initiate narratives to deepen their subversive objectives so as to achieve preferred illegal outcomes.” The spokesman of the secret service did not mention any name or group but said the service would not relent in i...
FG Has No Grounds To Hold My Husband – Omoyele Sowore’s Wife
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FG Has No Grounds To Hold My Husband – Omoyele Sowore’s Wife

Omoyele Sowore's wife, Opeyemi has decried the continous detention of her husband by the operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) after his arrest. Recall that the DSS secured a court order to detain the former Presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) for 45 days after accusing him of receiving millions of dollars from foreign collaborators to topple President Buhari's government. He was also accused of being in contact with Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to mobilize forces and holding series of meetings with foreign collaborators outside Nigeria including Dubai to violently overthrow the government of President Muhammadu Buhari. However speaking on Democracy Now which is a news programme in the United States, Opeyemi sa...
#freesowore: 53 Rights Organizations To Hold Rally Demanding Sowore’s Release
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#freesowore: 53 Rights Organizations To Hold Rally Demanding Sowore’s Release

About 53 non-governmental organizations under the aegis of Coalition of Human and Civil Rights Organizations (COHCRO) are set to hold a protest calling for the release of Omoyele Sowore, an opponent of President Muhammadu Buhari in the last presidential election. Sowore was arrested on August 3 by the Nigerian secret police, the Department of State Services (DSS) and has been in detention since then. He was abducted by the DSS in a Gestapo style in his apartment for organizing a demonstration tagged, #RevolutionNow. A statement by Comrade Adeniyi Alimi Sulaiman on behalf of the coalition said: “Well-meaning Nigerians and lovers of genuine democracy would grace the event slated for Thursday 5th of September, 2019. “The planned March protest would draw members from no fewer t...
Sowore collected “millions of dollars” to topple Buhari Government, DSS alleges in fresh court documents
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Sowore collected “millions of dollars” to topple Buhari Government, DSS alleges in fresh court documents

The Department of State Services has alleged in fresh papers filed before the Federal High Court in Abuja that the convener of #RevolutionNow protests, Omoyele Sowore, met with “foreign collaborators” in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, and other countries on how to topple the Muhammadu Buhari government”. DSS also alleged in the court document seen by Punch correspondent on Tuesday that Sowore received “millions of dollars” from the alleged collaborators to sponsor attacks in Nigeria with a view toppling the government and ensuring the release of the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, from custody. However, the identities of the alleged foreign collaborators, the details of the meetings and how much was allegedly taken by Sowore were not disclosed in the co...