Court Grants Sowore Bail, Narrates Awry Experience

Court Grants Sowore Bail, Narrates Awry Experience

…Struggle for Total Liberation of Masses, Youth is Far From Over…CORE The Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday ordered release of the Convener of RevolutionNow Protest, Mr Omoyele Sowore, from the custody of the Department of State Security Services (DSS) immediately, even as the Coalition for Revolution (CORE) declares that the struggle for the

…Struggle for Total Liberation of Masses, Youth is Far From Over…CORE

The Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday ordered release of the Convener of RevolutionNow Protest, Mr Omoyele Sowore, from the custody of the Department of State Security Services (DSS) immediately, even as the Coalition for Revolution (CORE) declares that the struggle for the total liberation of the masses and youth is far from over.

Justice Taiwo Taiwo asked the DSS to release Sowore on bail.

The Judge made the ruling after listening to the arguments of Sowore’s lawyer, Mr Femi Falana (SAN) and the prosecuting counsel.

As part of bail conditions, Justice Taiwo asked Sowore to drop his passport with the court within 48 hours, to guarantee his availability for trial.

Mr Sowore, who has been held by the DSS since August 3, 2019, has accused the agency 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,” he narrated in a post on a Facebook post.

“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, also presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) in the 2019 election, reportedly said during an interrogation session by DSS operatives.

National Legal Adviser of AAC, Mr Inibehe Effiong shared the “Transcript from DSS Interrogation of Sowore Upon Abduction – Excerpt 1,” on his Facebook page on Monday.

According to the transcript, Sowore was interrogated by five DSS operatives in the presence of his lawyer, one “Barrister Sam.”

One Usman Usman, a DSS operative, who led the interrogation, was said to have told Sowore that, “We’ll be asking you questions and our advice is for you to be truthful to the best of your knowledge. We’ll not force you to say anything. Whatever question we ask and you have a problem with or you don’t have an answer to or you don’t want to answer, there is no compulsion, you simply tell us you’re not going to answer these questions.”

When asked by Usman to say “If in the course of your being here anybody has molested you in any way or maltreated you?” Sowore said, “Yes,” and went on to give the response above.

On whether he was denied food, the detainee said, “While in your facility in Lagos, yes, but I decided that because of their hostility I won’t take any food until I am allowed to talk to a

lawyer. I continued to refuse food; until I was allowed to speak with a lawyer, and I have seen my lawyer, but I am still being denied access to my immediate family.”

Asked if he had made calls to his family members, Sowore replied his interrogator, “I’ve not made any calls to them. My brother is outside; he wasn’t allowed to see me as we speak.

“No, I’ve not made any call to my family members, I only made calls to people I remember their numbers to bring me food and asked them to call my brother. My brother came in today. But he was denied access to me, so I haven’t been able to see him and as a result, speak with my mum, wife and kids.”

While welcoming Sowore’s release, the Coalition for Revolution (CORE) in a statement titled, “The Struggle Continues,” says, “As the process of the legal release of Sowore gets concluded, it is important that we declare that the struggle for total liberation and positive change in the interest of the masses and youth is far from over.”

“This development will only oil the movement for change and it once again confirms the saying – dare to struggle, dare to win,” says CORE Conveners, Mr Olaseni Ajai and Mr Baba Aye, who jointly signed the statement.

“We cannot but emphasis the role played by the global and national protest movements in the judicial release of Sowore.

“The August 5th, 19th and September 18th protests, which had scores of activists in Lagos and several cities both in Nigeria and the Diaspora on the streets, demanding an end to the awkward detention without trial, were not only helpful but assisted greatly in strengthening the masses consciousness. This was in spite of the threat of massive clamp down from the Police.

“We must also recall that the offices of Committee for the Defence of Human Rights, CDHR, and Sahara Reporters were invaded and sealed on September 18, in a crude attempt to stop the protest.

“This crude military-police method was definitely no force in the face of a movement determined to fight for social change.

“It is important to state that Agba Jalingo is still in detention in Calabar under the same condition – detention without trial.

“The struggle for his liberation continues. The 5-point demands of the RevolutionNow movement remains. We shall continue to fight for them until victory,” they maintained.

Meanwhile, leading global rights group, Amnesty International (AI), has slammed the Federal Government for charging Sowore, also publisher of Sahara Reporters with treason for insulting the President.

AI, in a series of tweets at the weekend described the move as dictatorial and unwarranted.

It called on the government to immediately release him and drop all the charges.

It said “Amnesty International condemns the bizarre charges pressed on activist Omoyele for expressing his views in media interviews.

“The trumped up charges he is facing show an attempt by the Nigerian authorities to deprive him of his human rights.

“Sowore’s continued incarceration on application of the Terrorism Act for exercising his right to freedom of expression is a misuse of the criminal system to silence dissent.

“We call on the Nigerian authorities to respect and protect human rights of all persons without discrimination and ensure that it does not use its laws to justify violations of Sowore’s human rights,” the organisation said.

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