Federal High Court in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, has fixed August 8,
2019, to look into a request by the Federal Government for an ex-parte
order to keep convener of RevolutionNow movement, Omoyele Sowore, for at
least 90 days.
The human rights crusader was picked up in a Lagos hotel in the early
hours of Saturday by operatives of the Department of State Services and
has been kept in custody ever since despite growing calls for his
The President Muhammadu Buhari administration had accused Sowore of
committing a treasonable act for calling on Nigerians to pour out on the
streets on August 5, 2019 to protest against his government’s failure to
improve the living conditions of Nigerians.
Many of the protesters, who took to the streets in major cities across
the country were met with harassment and arrest from security
In its application on Tuesday, the FG through the DSS in the ex parte
application marked FHC/ABJ/CS/ 915/19, is seeking to detain Sowore
beyond 48 hours as required by law.
However, after listening to the motion which was moved by counsel for
the DSS, G. O. Abadua, Justice Taiwo Taiwo said he needed time to watch
the video clips attached to the motion.
He, accordingly adjourned ruling to Thursday, August 8.