Finally, DSS releases Sowore after 125 days of illegal detention

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The State Security Service (SSS) on Thursday night released Omoyele Sowore, publisher of Sahara Reporters. The agency also released Olawale Bakare, who was arrested and charged alongside Mr Sowore.

Messrs Sowore and Bakare were arrested on August 3 for planning a series of protests to demand good governance.

They met their bail conditions on November 6, one month ago, but were not released. A federal judge, on Thursday morning, gave 24 hours for both men to be released.

Sowore’s lawyer, Femi Falana, said the SSS also paid N100,000 fine ordered by the judge to be paid to the defendants.

Sowore, who was arrested on August 3 by the SSS for planning a protest popularised with the hashtag #RevolutionNow, was granted bail for the second time on October 18. The SSS did not respect a previous bail granted the defendant on September 24.

The two accused persons are facing a seven-count charge of treasonable felony, fraud, cyber-stalking and insulting President Muhammadu Buhari. Their continued detention despite meeting their bail conditions has been condemned by many Nigerians as well as local and international rights groups. Their main trial will continue in court on Friday

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