The Federal High Court Abuja has refused to immediately grant the request of the government of president Muhammadu Buhari to keep the arrowhead of RevolutionNow movement, Omoyele Sowore, for at least 90 days in the custody of the Department of State Services, DSS.
In an ex parte motion with number: FHC/ABJ/CS/915/19, G. O Agbadua, counsel to the DSS, told the court that the secret police needed the period to investigate Sowore.
But after listening to the motion, Justice Taiwo Taiwo refused to grant the DSS request, saying he needed time to watch the video clips attached to the motion.
He, accordingly adjourned ruling to Thursday, August 8.
Mr. Sowore was arrested in a Lagos hotel in the early hours of Saturday by DSS operatives.
He was later transferred to one of its detention facilities in Abuja.
The Buhari administration had accused Sowore of acting in concert with foreign elements to destabilize his government, thereby committing a treasonable act.
The publisher of the online medium, SaharaReporters had urged Nigerians to go out on the streets on August 5, 2019 to protest against his government’s failure to improve their living conditions.
Despite government and security forces intimidation, many Nigerians took to the streets in major cities across the country.
But the protests were ruthlessly quelled by the police.