A federal High Court sitting in Abuja has again put aside a suit filed by Nigerian activist and the publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore against the Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Yusuf Bichi, and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami despite been listed among pressing cases to be heard on Friday.
According to a report monitored on the SR by Naija News, the hearing on the enforcement of fundamental rights suit filed by the former presidential candidate against the two was struck out of today’s hearing and again adjourned till September 25, 2020.
Naija News understands that Sowore had earlier filed N1bn suit against the DSS boss the AGF as general and aggravated damages over his illegal detention and violation of human rights.
It could be recalled that the reporter and his friend Olawale Bakare were in August 2019 by the DSS operatives for leading a protest, which challenged President Buhari’s administration and as well demanded a revolution.
The two were kept in detention from August through December 5, 2019, when they were first released on bail despite two court orders earlier sanctioning his freedom. Again on December 6, the DSS operatives stormed the Federal High Court in Abuja and rearrested Sowore with no court order, detained for about three weeks and released for the second time.
According to the activists in his suit, the arrest and detention was an “illegal violation of their fundamental rights” to life, dignity of their person, fair hearing, health, freedom of movement and freedom of association.
Naija News understands that the #RevoulionNow convener at the moment remains confined to Abuja as one of his bail conditions forbids him from travelling out of the city or speaking newsmen until the end of the case.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) says it cannot comment on Ibrahim Magu’s suspension as the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).