Falana Demands Sowore’s Release In A Letter To Nigeria’s Attorney-General Of Federation


Femi Falana, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), has stipulated the urgent release of pro-democracy campaigner and journalist, Omoyele Sowore, in a letter he wrote to the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN).

Ever since his re-arrest on 6th December at the Federal High Court in Abuja by operatives of DSS, Sowore has been under detention. 

His letter followed Friday’s announcement by the Attornry-General of the Federation office that it had taken over the prosecution of Sowore’s case from the DSS.

In his word, his call for Sowore’s release became obligatory after two lawyers from his team, who visited the DSS to affect the Journalist’s freedom, were told to forward their request to Malami. 

The content of the letter reads as follows;

* Subsequent to the pronouncement of your decision to take over the case of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Omoyele Sowore and another two members of the legal defense team visited the headquarters of the State Security Service on 13th December, 2019 to demand the immediate release of Sowore from illegal custody.

* Our colleagues were conversely, advised to direct the request to your office in view of the fact that you have taken over the case from the State Security Service.

* In the light of the preceding, we hereby ask for you to use your good offices to direct the State Security Service to release Omoyele Sowore from prison custody in line with the order of the Federal High Court admitting him to bail pending trial.  * As no court has issued any remand order for his detention, we are convinced that you will not hesitate to grant this request.


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