A Nigerian Federal High Court, Abuja, on Thursday, ordered the Department of State Services (DSS) to release New Jersey-based publisher, politician and activist Omoyele Sowore within 24 hours.
The convener #RevolutionNow Protest has been in detention since August this year after he called for a social revolution, and despite court orders for his release, the Nigerian government has refused to comply.
On Thursday, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu also awarded a N100, 000 ($277) fine against the DSS over its delay to serve the defence counsel with the additional proof of evidence in the ongoing trial of Sowore and Olawale Bakare.
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“The judge, who was visibly angry over the development which has caused the court to adjourn the trial at the instance of the DSS, said the fine must be paid to the defendants before the next adjourned date, which is tomorrow,” a local newspaper reported.