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Nigeria’s Attorney-General, Abubakar Malami Takes Over Sowore’s Trial From DSS

AGF, Abubakar Malami has ordered DSS to hands-off the prosecution of Sowore.

The Attorney General of the Federation, Mr Abubakar Malami (SAN) has ordered the Department of States Security Service (DSS) to halt its trial of the convener of RevolutionNow Protest, Omoyele Sowore.

This was contained in a letter dated December 11, 2019, sent on behalf of the AGF by the Solicitor-General of the Federation, Mr. Dayo Apata (SAN), to the Director-General of DSS, Yusuf Bichi, directing the security agency to “promptly forward all the case files” to the AGF office.

The AGF said this is in line with the provisions of sections 150(1) and 174 (1) (a-c) of the 1999 constitution (as amended).

“The Honourable Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice upon a further review of the case, has directed the immediate takeover of the prosecution of all charges in respect of Omoyole Sowore by the Federal Ministry of Justice, in line with the provisions of Sections 150(1) and 174 (1) (a-c) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended),” the letter partly reads.

The letter by Apata, who doubles as the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Justice, indicated that the move to take over the case from the DSS was to ensure speedy completion of the case.

Sowore has been illegally detained since August after two court orders granted him bail.

KanyiDaily had reported that after being in detention for 124 days, the DSS released Sowore on Thursday night following a court ruling ordering his release within 24 hours.

However, on Friday morning, DSS operatives stormed the Federal High court in Abuja and re-arrested Sowore after disrupting his ongoing trail.

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