JUST IN: Finally, DSS released Dasuki, Sowore

By Bature Dan-Inni, Abuja

The Department of State Services (DSS) has released both Omoyele Sowore, convener of RevolutionNow Movement and Sambo Dasuki, former national security adviser who were in detention.

The DSS released both Sowore and Dasuki in Abuja on Tuesday evening following the directive of the federal government which was conveyed by the Nigeria’s justice minister and attorney general of the federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami in a statement.

Ahmed Raji, Dasuki’s counsel, confirmed that his client was released on Tuesday evening.

Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation, had asked the secret police to release Dasuki and Omoyele Sowore, convener of #RevolutionNow Movement, in compliance with the court order on their release.

The DSS had initially refused to release the activist who was granted bail by two different courts.

Sowore was arrested by the DSS on August 3 ahead of the planned nationwide protest.

He was released temporarily after 124 days but forcefully rearrested at a federal high court in Abuja in less than 24 hours after his release.

The circumstance around his rearrest in the court of the law sparked national outrage. After the court invasion, Malami took over the case from the DSS.

On Tuesday, the attorney general ordered the DSS to release the 48-year-old activist and Sambo Dasuki, former national security adviser (NSA), saying his office would not defy court orders.

He said his office ordered the release of both Sowore and Dasuki based on respect for the judiciary and the rule of law.

The attorney general said the defendants “are enjoined to observe the terms of their bail and refrain from engaging in any act that is inimical to public peace and national security as well as their ongoing trial which will run its course in accordance with the laws of the land.”