The federal high court Abuja has given the Department of State Security Services (DSS) permission to detain Omoyele Sowore for 45 days.
The DSS had on Tuesday, through its counsel, asked for approval to detain Sowore for 90 days.
The court turned that down and adjourned till today, Thursday, to enable it see a video accompanying the DSS application.
On resumption on Thursday, Taiwo Taiwo, the presiding judge, held that he had to grant the application, “only to the extent” of allowing the security agency to keep the respondent in custody for the 45 days to conclude its investigation.
There was no counter-argument from the defendant’s legal team.
The judge expressed the view that although the DSS had asked for 90 days in line with section 27(1) of the terrorism act, the use of the word “may” in the section is a “directory” which gives the court the discretion to decide the number of days to give the applicants.
This means the DSS is at liberty to apply for a renewal if it needs more time to conclude the investigation after the expiration of the 45 days.
However, the judge said Sowore’s detention will begin to count from August 8, and would be subject to renewal after the expiration on September 21.
Sowore, the publisher of SaharaReporters and the convener of the #RevolutionNow protest was arrested by DSS operatives in a Lagos hotel on Saturday, August 3rd.