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Sowore Begins Hunger Strike To Protest DSS’ Refusal To Release Him Despite Court Order

Sowore is protesting his continuous detention by the DSS by going on hunger strike.

The convenor of RevolutionNow, Omoyele Sowore has reportedly refused to eat anything in protest for his continued detention by the Department of State Services (DSS) despite a court order sanctioning his immediate release.

Sowore, who has been detained for 98 days by the DSS was granted bail twice by the federal high court in Abuja.

According to SaharaReporters, Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, who is defending Sowore in court, on Friday, November 8, 2019, was quoted as saying:

“Since yesterday (Thursday) he has refused to come down. He has refused to see anybody and this is in protest that his rights are being violated.

“He has not eaten because the DSS don’t feed him and he is rejecting food from the people who usually take food to him in detention.”

Falana explained that Sowore insisted that he doesn’t want to see anyone, including the people who bring food to him “because there is a court order asking for him to be released, the second one, so he is protesting this.”

“He has not eaten because the DSS don’t feed him and he is rejecting food from the people who usually take food to him in detention.

“Yesterday, he said he didn’t want to see anyone including the people who take food to him because there is a court order asking for him to be released, the second one, so he is protesting this.”

Sowore was arrested at about 11 pm on August 2 by DSS operatives and has since been in detention alongside Bakare.

The Federal Government had, in September, filed a seven-count charge against Sowore that included treasonable felony, insulting the president, and money laundering.

In October, Justice Ojukwu granted bail to the defendants, demanding bail bonds of N100 million and N50 million respectively from Sowore and Bakare.

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