Lagos lawyer, Mr Femi Falana, SAN, has demanded the release of the co-Convener of #RevolutionNow, Omoyele Sowore and his co-detainee, Olawale Bakare from the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) in a letter to the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami.
The letter dated December 13, 2019 and made available to journalists on Sunday, is consequent on the take over of the prosecution of Sowore and Bakare by the Office of the Attorney General from the DSS.
It would be recalled that the AGF had announced on Friday that he was taking over the case from the DSS after widespread condemnation greeted the invasion of a Federal High Court, Abuja by the operatives of the DSS to re-arrest Sowore.
Falana, in the letter, informed Malami that his letter became necessary after two lawyers in the defense team of Sowore and Bakare visited the DSS headquarters in Abuja to demand Sowore’s release, but were advised to direct their request to him (Malami).
Titled, ‘Request for the release of Omoyele Sowore from illegal custody’, the letter read in part: “Following the announcement of your decision to take over the case of the Federal Republic of Nigeria V Omoyele Sowore and another, two members of the legal defence team visited the headquarters of the State Security Service on December 13, 2019 to demand the immediate release of Sowore from illegal custody.
“Our colleagues were however advised to direct the request to your office in view of the fact that you have taken over the case from the State Security Service.
“In the light of the foregoing, we hereby request you to use your good offices to direct the State Security Service to release Sowore from custody in line with the order of the Federal High Court admitting him to bail pending trial. We are confident that you will not hesitate to grant our request as no court has issued any remand order for his detention.”
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