The Federal High Court in Abuja, on Tuesday ordered the immediate release of the convener of #RevolutionNow protest and publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, from the custody of the Department of State Service (DSS).
The court made the order saying that there was no subsisting order allowing Sowore’s further detention before the court.
The DSS had on September 20, filed a seven-count charge bordering on conspiracy to commit treason, money laundering, cyberstalking President Muhammadu Buhari, amongst others against Sowore.
Delivering the ruling, Justice Taiwo Taiwo, ordered the activist should be released to his lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), who is to produce him for arraignment whenever he is required, adding that he must also deposit his international passport with the court registry within 48 hours.
He said: “The order of court has expired. It has not been renewed and cannot be renewed in view of the motion ex-parte earlier withdrawn.
“The liberty of all Nigerians high or low, poor or rich is guaranteed by the constitution. It’s for this end that I’m of the view that the defendant ought to be released forthwith.”