The embattled convener of RevolutionNow protest, Omoyele Sowore, has filed an application to the Federal High Court in Abuja requesting it to set aside its order permitting the Department of State Services (DSS) to detain him for 45 days.
The Federal High Court had ruled on an ex parte application by the DSS to detain Sowore for 90 days to investigate him for treason-related allegations.
However, Justice Taiwo Taiwo on Thursday, 8th August 2019, granted the agency permission to hold the activist for 45 days.
On Friday, 9th August, Sowore approached the court through his lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), in a 19-ground application saying the order issued by Justice Taiwo granting the DSS’ request to detain him for 45 days, breached his constitutionally guaranteed fundamental rights.
He contended that in the said order, the court had legalised the illegality of his detention for about four days prior to the issuance of the court order on Thursday.
Sowore, also submitted alongside his application, an affidavit of urgency to seek an urgent hearing of his suit.
He said the affidavit is premised on the grounds that it “is one of fundamental importance that affects salient fundamental rights of the applicant herein.”