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Presidency Explains Why DSS Released Dasuki, Sowore

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The Presidency has given reasons why former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki and the convener of the #RevolutionNow protest, Omoyele Sowore, were released.

Naija News reports that the Department of State Security (DSS) had on Tuesday released the duo following directives from the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.

Malami had said the decision to release them was necessitated by compliance with the bail granted the duo by the court.

The statement reads: “The Office of the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation has reviewed the pending criminal charges against the duo of Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.) and Omoyele Sowore. Whilst the Federal High Court has exercised its discretion in granting bail to the Defendants in respect of the charges against them, I am also not unmindful of the right of the Complainant/Prosecution to appeal or further challenge the grant of bail by the court having regards to extant legal provisions, particularly Section 169 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015,” the statement read

Speaking to Channels TV on Wednesday, President Muhammadu Buhari’s Media Assistant, Garba Shehu, explained that the present administration released Sowore and Dasuki despite not agreeing with the verdict.

According to the presidential aide, Buhari obeyed the court because he wanted to set a precedent.

Garba Shehu said the act by the Buhari-led Federal Government was to set an important example that to the world that it adheres to the rule of law.

He said: “The government is not compromising anything. The government wants to set an important example of obedience to the law even when you disagree with what the court says you should do.”

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  • George Oshogwe Ogbolu is a Digital Media Strategist | Content Writer | Journalist | New Media Influencer | Proofreader and a Deputy Editor at Naija News.



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