DSS releases Omoyele Sowore

Former presidential candidate Omoyele Sowore talks to the media after being released on bail by Nigeria’s government, in Abuja, Nigeria December 24, 2019. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

Nigeria’s Department of State Service (DSS) Tuesday released Sahara Reporters publisher Omoyele Sowore over three months after he was first arrested.

Nigeria’s justice minister and attorney general of the federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami earlier in the day ordered Sowore’s release alongside former national security adviser (NSA) Sambo Dasuki.

“I have directed the State Security Services (DSS) to comply with the order granting bail to the Defendants and effect their release,” Malami said in a statement.

Malami said the decision to release them was in compliance with the bail granted to both Dasuki and Sowore by the different courts.

DSS operatives arrested Sowore on Saturday, August 3 after calling for a nationwide protest tagged #RevolutionNow.

The protest, after his arrest, was in major parts of the country. It focused on governance and government accountability to the people.

After disobeying two court orders that granted Sowore bail within the first 124 days he spent in detention, the DSS released him on Thursday, December 5 and rearrested him on Friday, December 6 with no court order to do so.

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