Court refuses to grant Sowore’s application challenging his detention

Justice Nkeonye Maya, of The federal high court in Abuja, has refused to grant an application filed by Omoyele Sowore, Convener, #RevolutionNow protests, challenging his detention for 45 days by the Department of State Security.

An order directing the DSS to detain the human rights activist was granted by Justice Taiwo Taiwo on August 8, 2019 to enable the DSS to carry out and conclude its investigation on allegations levied against him.

Sowore through his counsel, Femi Falana (SAN) on Wednesday asked the court to set aside the detainment order.

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Falana, citing an appellate court ruling between onagoruwa Vs IGPsaid Justice Maya “has absolute power to review the order and set same aside” if it the order was made in error.

However, delivering her ruling, Justice Maya said she lacked the powers to review and upturn the decision made by another court of the same jurisdiction.

She made an order transferring the case back to Justice Taiwo for further hearing.

Meanwhile, the DSS has also challenged the court order allowing it to detain Sowore for just 45 days against its request of 90 days pending investigation.

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