Mr. Omoyele Sowore, Convener of #RevolutionNow protest, arrived the Federal High Court in Abuja set for his arraignment on charges of treasonable felony and other related offences instituted against him by the Federal Government.
Mr. Sowore, who was surrounded by operatives of the Department of State Services for the scheduled arraignment, arrived the fourth floor of the court complex at about 9.10am with his waiting followers completing the slogan as he was chanting ‘Revolution,’ while they echoed ‘Now’.
The DSS on August 3, 2019 arraigned Sowore for calling for a revolutional protest scheduled to hold on August 5. He was to be persecuted before Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu, whose courtroom is situated on the fourth floor.
On August 8, 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.
Just 24 hours before the expiration of the 45 days on September 21, the AGF office, on September 20, filed seven counts of treasonable felony, cyber crimes and money laundering against the activist.
On September 24, Justice Taiwo Taiwo granted Mr. Sowore granted bail, based on plead from the head of his legal team, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN) with the sole condition that he deposit his passport in the court’s registry. But a week after meeting the bail condition, the DSS happen to still have the activist in costudy.
In what came as a shock to Falana and other members of his team, the DSS, Dr. Peter Afunnaya, stated on September 26 that the agency is yet to be served with the court order for Sowore’s release.
Debunking the DSS’ claim in a swift reaction, Falana said Ayuba Adam of the Legal Department of the DSS received the court order on behalf of the agency on September 24, 2019 (Tuesday). He added that the agency’s lawyer, G. O. Agbadua, represented the agency in court on the day the order was issued, implying that the agency was not in doubt that the court order was issued.
Last Friday, the DSS operatives obstructed a steward of the court from serving the court order again on the agency.
It was reported that the steward explained how he was prevented on Friday, from serving on the DSS in the affidavit of non-service which he attested to before the court’s Commissioner of Oath later on Friday.