Sowore's lawyers, others protest at DSS HQ over continued detention of activist

Sowore's lawyers, others protest at DSS HQ over continued detention of activist

- Family members and lawyers of activist, Omoyele Sowore, held a peaceful protest in front of the headquarters of the Department of State Services

- The protest followed refusal of the security officials at the gates of the DSS facility to allow his lawyers have access to him and to take him home

- The lawyers and close associates vowed to stay put in front of the DSS HQ until Sowore is released but they have since broke up the protest

Reports by The Cable say that lawyers of detained rights activist, Omoyele Sowore, and close associates of his have staged a peaceful protest at the headquarters of the Department of State Services (DSS) over his continued detention.

According to the online medium, the protest happened on Saturday, November 9 morning, Sowore's legal counsels, supporters and family members were reportedly denied access to him.

One of Sowore's lawyers, Abubakar Marshal, said security officials manning the gates at DSS office blocked him when he tried to enter to pick up his client.

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The security officials said entrance was impossible until clearance was issued from their superior officers.

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The lawyer and some other colleagues stayed put at the secret police's gates for hours but were not addressed any further.

The protest has since broken up with some of the lawyers and close associates of Sowore, the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress in the 2019 general elections, abandoning the stand.

Legit.ng reported that the DSS explained its reason for holding on to Sowore despite him meeting his bail conditions as revealed by his lead counsel, senior advocate of Nigeria Femi Falana, in court on Wednesday, November 6.

The secret police said although it had received the court order which mandated Sowore's release, no one has visited the DSS to take him home.

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Legit.ng notes that the secret police's explanation on Friday, November 8 came hours after Sowore's media outfit Sahara Reporters revealed that the activist had embarked on hunger strike to protest his continued detention despite bail meeting his bail conditions.

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