Femi Falana files 19-ground application against 45-day detention of Omoyele Sowore

Femi Falana files 19-ground application against 45-day detention of Omoyele Sowore

Femi Falana has applied to the Federal High Court in Abuja to set aside its order permitting the Department of State Services (DSS) to detain Omoyele Sowore for 45 days.  

Femi Falana, contended the order, among others in the 19-ground application on Friday, August 9th. He stated that the order issued by the court breached his constitutionally guaranteed fundamental rights.  

The court order is “legalising the illegality” of his detention for about four days prior to the issuance of the court order, he added

Femi Falana

Filed along with his application on Friday was an affidavit of urgency. This is seeking an urgent hearing of the suit on the grounds that it “is one of fundamental importance that affects salient fundamental rights of the applicant herein.”  

The Federal High Court had ruled on an ex parte application by the DSS to detain Sowore for 90 days. This order is to investigate him for treason-related allegations. However, Justice Taiwo Taiwo on Thursday granted the agency permission to hold the activist for 45 days. 

According to the judge, the 45-day period, starting from Thursday, lapses on September 21, the date he also fixed for the next hearing of the case.

He, however, added that the order of detention for 45 days was subject to renewal for further days upon an application by the security agency, in the event that its investigation could not be concluded within the first 45 days.

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