Omoyele Sowore the publisher of Sahara Reporters has been ordered to be released by Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja. On Tuesday the judge who ordered his detention set aside the order by setting free the convener of #RevolutionNow protest from the custody of the Department of State Service immediately.
The judge said the activist should be released to his lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), who is to produce him for arraignment whenever he is required.
The judge, however, said since charges had already been filed against the activist, he must deposit his passport and other travel documents to guarantee his availability for trial.
Earlier, an Abuja Federal High Court struck out the application by the Department of Social Security (DSS) to further detain the publisher of SaharaReporters and convener of #RevolutionNow, Omoyele Sowore.
This follows the withdrawal of the application by the state counsel.
Sowore’s lawyer, Femi Falana, persuaded the court to order immediate release of his client as the prosecution is no longer interested to detain him further.
Counsel to the DSS, however, challenged the oral application for release saying that a formal suit has been filed where Sowore is being accused of treasonable felony which is a capital offence.
Sowore was arrested on August 3rd, two days before a rally tagged Revolutionnow for allegedly plotting to overthrow an elected government.
The prosecutor is asking the Court to deny the respondent bail due to the fresh charges filed against him.
In response counsel to Sowore said the application for bail was withdrawn and the prosecutor’s application for further remand was also withdrawn. He stressed that the new charges can’t metamorphose In a remand order.
Falana urged the court to disregard the submission on the prosecutor. Mr Falana said the prosecutor can not ask the court to detain a citizen prospectively and in anticipation of the arraignment of the defendant order his detention.