Breaking: Sowore To Stay In DSS Custody For 45 More Days, Court Rules

An Abuja Federal High Court Thursday, granted permission to detain the presidential candidate of the African Alliance Congress, AAC and convener of RevolutionNow, Omoyele Sowore, for 45 days.

Vacation judge, Justice Taiwo Taiwo, ruling on an ex parte application by the Department of State Security (DSS) whose operatives arrested Sowore at the weekend, held that the detention order would be renewable after the expiration of the first 45 days on September 21.

DSS had on Tuesday applied for permission to keep Sowore for 90 days to investigate him over his call for revolution ahead of the RevolutionNow protests which held in some parts of the country on Monday.

The security agency says its application on the provision of section 27(1) of the Terrorism (Prevention) Amendment Act.

Ruling on ex parte application, Justice Taiwo, said he had to grant the application, “only to the extent” of allowing the security agency to keep the respondent in custody for only 45 days for the applicant to conclude its investigation.

He said he would, therefore, be failing in his duty not to grant the request for a detention order.

He also said should the applicant require more time to conclude its investigation after the expiration of the first 45 days, it could apply for extension.

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