The Federal High Court in Abuja has granted permission to detain Omoyele Sowore for 45 days. Omoyele Sowore is the publisher of Sahara Reporters and convener of RevolutionNow
Justice Taiwo Taiwo held that the detention order would be renewable after the expiration of the first 45 days on September 21. His ruling was based on an ex parte application by the Department of State Services, whose operatives arrested Omoyele Sowore last Saturday
The DSS had on Tuesday applied for permission to keep Sowore for 90 days to investigate him over his call for revolution. This was ahead of the RevolutionNow protests which held in some parts of the country on Monday.
The security agency anchored its application on the provision of section 27(1) of the Terrorism (Prevention) Amendment Act.
Ruling on ex parte application, a one-sided request by the DSS without counter-argument by Sowore’s legal team, Justice Taiwo, said he had to grant the application, “only to the extent” of allowing the security agency to keep the respondent in custody for only 45 days for the applicant to conclude its investigation.”
He said, although the hearing of the application was one-sided as provided by 27(1) of the Terrorism (Prevention) Amendment Act, the use of the word, “may”, in the provision “is directory” and not “discretionary”.
He said he would, therefore, be failing in his duty not to grant the request for a detention order.
He also said should the applicant require more time to conclude its investigation after the expiration of the first 45 days, it had the liberty to apply for its renewal.