ABUJA, Nigeria – Omoyele Sowore, the convener of RevolutionNow Movement, has dragged the Department of State Services, DSS, before an Abuja Federal High Court over his continued detention.
Sowore is asking the court to order the DSS to pay him N500m as general and aggravated damages over his detention which he termed as an illegal violation of his fundamental rights.
This is contained in a suit marked FHC/ABJ /C51409/2019, and supported by a 21-paragraph affidavit deposed to by Abubakar Marshall and accompanied by a written address, Saharareporters reports.
According to the suit: “A declaration that the detention of the applicant from November 7, 2019 till date in violation of the order for his release made on November 6, 2019 is illegal as it violates his fundamental right to liberty guaranteed by Section 35 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) and Article 6 of African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (Ratification and Enforcement Act (CAP A10) Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.
“An order of this court compelling the respondents to pay to the applicant the sum of N500,000, 000, 00 ( Five hundred million naira) as general and aggravated damages for the illegal violation of the applicant’s fundamental right to life, dignity of his person, fair hearing, health, freedom of movement and freedom of association.
“An order of perpetual injunction restraining the respondents from further violating the applicant’s fundamental rights in any manner whatsoever and however without lawful justification.”
Sowore was arrested in Lagos on August 3, 2019, for calling for a revolution in Nigeria.
A Federal High Court in Abuja had recently ordered the release of Sowore alongside Olawale Adebayo. Read it here.
The DSS was yet to comply with the order and claimed that no surety had come to take Sowore on bail. Read it here.
Few weeks ago, a group of protesters led by Deji Adeyanju alleged that they were given N1m to stop the protest demanding for Sowore’s release.
The DSS, however, said it will release Sowore if his sureties come forward for documentation.