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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...
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.
FG To Drag Judge Before NJC For Granting Sowore Bail
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FG To Drag Judge Before NJC For Granting Sowore Bail

There were indications last night that the federal government was contemplating reporting Justice Taiwo Taiwo, to the National Judicial Council (NJC) on account of his decision to grant bail to the convener of #RevolutionNow protest, Mr. Omoyele Sowore. Justice Taiwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja admitted Sowore to bail on Tuesday and dismissed the objection raised by the Department of State Security (DSS) to the bail. The Nation gathered last night that a shocked Nigerian security and intelligence community met on the matter yesterday and resolved to appeal the judgement. It also decided to petition the NJC on the issue. A top government source, who spoke to The Nation, on the condition of anonymity, said that anyone standing trial for treasonable felony is not entitled...
“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...
Second Judge Withdraws From Okorocha’s Certificate Of Return Suit
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Second Judge Withdraws From Okorocha’s Certificate Of Return Suit

A second judge reportedly withdrew from Rochas Okorocha's certificate of return suit, filed against the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC. The second Judge withdrew from Okorocha's certificate of return suit, barely a week after the first judge, Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja withdrew from the case. It was gathered that after Justice Taiwo withdrew from the case on April 10, it was reassigned to Justice Okon Abang also of the Federal High Court in Abuja. Punch reported that Justice Abang was said to have on April 11 fixed April 18 for hearing in the suit. However on the date fixed for the hearing, Justice Abang announced his decision to withdraw from the suit. According to him, he withdrew from the case after Okorocha’s letter to the Chief Judge...
Why EFCC, ICPC, AGF May Lose More Corruption Cases
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Why EFCC, ICPC, AGF May Lose More Corruption Cases

Some top lawyers have suggested to the various anti -corruption and law enforcement agencies how the trend of losing high- profile corruption cases can be reversed , ADE ADESOMOJU reports On April 3, 2017, which was Monday , the first working day of the week, the Federal High Court in Lagos lifted the order barring a Senior Advocate of Nigeria , Chief Mike Ozekhome , from accessing his Guaranty Trust Bank account into which he received N 75m legal fee from the Ekiti State Governor , Ayodele Fayose. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had on February 7, 2017 obtained an interim order stopping Ozekhome from dissipating the N 75m on the grounds that it formed part of proceeds of alleged criminal activities of Fayose . The EFCC claimed that the N 75m which Fayose paid to Ozek...