FG Released Over 6,000 Repentant Boko Haram Members But Sowore Is Still In Prison Over An Attempt to Lead A Protest, Deji Adeyanju Laments

Human rights activists, Deji Adeyanju has come hard on the Federal Government gain over the incarceration of RevolutionNow protest Convener, Omoyele Sowore.

Recently, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) said the case file of the detained activist, has been returned to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice John Tsoho, adding that the CJ is expected to assign it to a vacation judge.

He said he was not summoned by the Federal High Court, Abuja in respect of the detention of Sowore.

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In a statement through his Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, the minister said the issues that surrounded the subject matter border on the application filed by Sowore’s lawyer on the 15th day of November 2019.

Malami said: “The matter came up before Hon. Justice I E. Ekwo on the 6th day of December, 2019 for mention. The 1st & 2nd Respondents were represented in the court.

“The Court adjourned the matter to the 23rd day of January, 2020 for the hearing of the substantive matter. Surprisingly, on Tuesday the 17th day of December 2019, the Applicant’s Counsel adopted an ex-parte application filed on the 15th day of November 2019 before Hon. Justice I E. Ekwo.

“However, the Court, being aware of the fact that parties have joined issues, ordered that the Deputy Chief Registrar (Litigation) shall inform the 1st & 2nd Respondents of the case and the next adjourned date.

“The court order in question was only to bring to the notice of the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami and the Director-General of the State Security Services(DSS) to take notice that upon the motion ex-parte filed on November 15th that applicants want an expedite hearing of the matter.”

It could also be recalled that the Federal High Court in Abuja had directed service of court documents on the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and the Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS) to explain why #Revolution Now Convener Omoyele Sowore was still being held.

The court’documents comprise the ex parte application and other papers filed for Sowore by his lawyer, Marshal Abubakar, challenging his continued detention and seeking his release.

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The court, therefore, directed that the AGF and the DSS boss be served with the ex parte motion and other accompanying papers to enable them to show cause why the prayers sought by the applicant should not be granted.

Reacting to the development via his Twitter page, Adeyanju wrote: “Over 6,000 so-called repentant Boko Haram members released & told to go & sin no more under this government but Sowore on trial for attempt to lead a protest.”

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