Breaking: SSS releases Sowore, pays N100,000 fine

 

The State Security Service (SSS) on Thursday night released Mr Omoyele Sowore, publisher of Sahara Reporters in compliance with the order of the court on Thursday morning.

Sowore was arrested on August 3 for planning a series of protests to demand good governance.

Sowore first met his bail on November 6, one month ago, but he was not released. A federal judge, on Thursday morning, gave 24 hours for Mr Sowore to be released.

Sowore’s lawyer, Femi Falana, while confirming the development said the SSS also paid N100,000 fine to Sowore as ordered by the judge.

Business247News Online report earlier  that Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday ordered the Department of State Service (DSS) to release convener #RevolutionNow protest, Omoyele Sowore, and his co-accused, Olawale Bakare within the next 24 hours and adjourned to Friday December 6 for report of compliance of the Court’s directive.

Justice Ojukwu had signed the release of the bail of the defendants after they met the bail conditions.

However, the DSS had maintained that Sowore and Bakare would not be released until their sureties appear before the agency for appropriate profiling.

At the resumed hearing, counsel to the defendants, Femi Falana SAN, had complained to the court that its order as regards release of documents and the defendants who had been granted bail had not been complied with by the prosecution.

Justice Ojukwu while wondering why a legitimate order of court would not be obeyed, asked if the DSS had constituted itself as a parallel court to the main court.

Ruling on the request for adjournment by Sowore’s lawyer for time to study the documents and videos tendered as evidence against Sowore, Justice Ojukwu held that because the adjournment was created by the prosecution she was inclined to award cost against the prosecution.

Justice Ojukwu subsequently awarded a cost of N100,000 against the Prosecution, stating that trial would only go on upon payment of the N100,000 fine.