A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has ordered the Federal Government, the Department of
State Services (DSS) and the Inspector General of police to explain why Omoyele Sowore and
all other persons arrested and detained in connection with the peaceful protest held on
August 5, 2019 should not be unconditionally released.
The court also ordered the DSS and the IGP to appear before it on the next adjourned date of
September 4, 2019.
Justice Nicholas Oweibo made the order on Tuesday while ruling on an exparte application
brought by a Lagos lawyer, Olukoya Ogungbeje in a suit challenging the FG, DSS, IGP and the
AGF on his right to peaceful protest, assembly and association.
Ogungbeje, who filed the suit on behalf of himself and others who participated in the
#Revolutionnow protest asked the court to also declare as unconstitutional and illegal, the
police clampdown of the protesters and the arrest of Sowore by the DSS.
He also asked the court to make an order for the immediate and unconditional release of
those arrested and detained.
But instead of ordering the release of those detained, justice Oweibo granted Ogungbeje
leave to serve the DSS and the IGP so he could hear from them on the next adjourned date
especially on why Sowore and others should not be immediately released.