DSS Moves To Extend Sowore’s Stay In Detention

DSS Moves To Extend Sowore’s Stay In Detention

By Chidozie Ogbonnaya with agency report

The Department of State Services has given the Federal High Court fresh reasons why it should be allowed to keep detained Omoyele Sowore, Convener, #RevolutionNow protests, for another 45 days.

Presenting its case to the court, the DSS argued that its investigation so far revealed that #RevolutionNow was a smokescreen for the actual intention of Sowore and his allies “to topple the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

According to the state owned security agency, it was engaged in a thorough investigation of activities of Sowore, in view of the numerous evidence gathered so far and may return to court to seek an extension of the 45 days granted by the Abuja-based court to detain him.

DSS made this known in a fresh document it filed at the Federal High Court on Monday in response to an application by Sowore to explain why he (Omoyele Sowore) and all other persons arrested and detained in connection with August 5, 2019, protest should not be unconditionally released.

DSS deposed in a counter-affidavit as follows: “The respondent/applicant (Sowore) planned to violently change the government through the hashtag RevolutionNow.
“The respondent/applicant hid under the cover of call for mass protest with the hashtag RevolutionNow to mislead unsuspecting and innocent members of the public into joining him to topple the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
“In his plot to topple the government the respondent/applicant held series of meetings with members at a prescribed terrorists‘ organisation, Indigenous Peoples of Biafra with a view to mobilising strong forces to realise his agenda at changing the government
“The respondent formed an alliance with a fugitive, Nnamdi Kanu, a self-acclaimed leader of the proscribed terrorists group, Indigenous People of Biafra, to launch a series of attacks on Nigeria with a view to violently removing the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
“After series of closed-door meetings between the duo in the United States of America, they addressed a press conference wherein they both stated their resolve to form alliance against the Nigerian government, The duo stated that they have a well planned out strategy to realize their objective, which is toppling the government.
“The applicant/respondent is investigating the activities of the respondent/applicant as it relates to a terrorists organisation, IPOB. The facts show a conjecture between the respondent/applicant and IPOB activities.
“There is the need for the applicant/respondent to investigate such reasonable suspicion of the relationship between the respondent/applicant and IPOB.
“The respondent held series of meetings with some foreign collaborators outside Nigeria including Dubai where millions of dollars were given to him to sponsor a widespread attack on Nigeria with a view to violently removing the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and freeing Ibrahim El-Zakzaky (Sheikh).
“In furtherance to the plans to violently free El-Zakzaky from lawful custody. the respondent held several meetings with a proscribed terrorists organisation, Islamic Movement in Nigeria, where they strategized on how to carry out attacks to force the government to free El-Zakzaky.
“The respondent stated in one of his videos that Shiite members, who are members of the proscribed terrorists group, IMN were going to join forces with him in bringing down the government. The statement and the meetings of the respondent/applicant raises issue of grave suspicion of supporting a proscribed terrorists’ organisation, IMN.
“The suspicions require diligent investigation by the applicant/respondent. The planned action constitutes a threat of violence to intimidate or cause panic in members of the public as a means of affecting political conduct
“The investigation is still ongoing. Upon the completion of investigation, the case file will be forwarded to the office of the Attorney General of the Federation for advice and possible prosecution.”

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