The State Security Service has released Omoyele Sowore, several weeks after he met conditions of a court bail, walking out of the State Security Service (SSS) custody at its headquarters at 6:04 p.m. Tuesday.
The SSS had earlier on Tuesday invited the lawyers to the Publisher of SaharaReporters to come and process his release after the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami issued a statement announcing the readiness of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to free the detainees.
The administration has come under intense pressure in the past few weeks over its disobedience of court orders and disrespect for democratic ethos.
The SSS had on December 6 rearrested Mr Sowore at the premises of the Federal High Court in Abuja a day after he was released from their custody. Officials of the agency forced their way into the courtroom and rearrested him.
The publisher and another activist, Olawale Bakare, were released the night before on the order of Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu after spending 124 days in SSS custody.
Detained former National Security Adviser, NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki (Rtd) has also regained his freedom after his over four years detention in custody of the SSS.
Dasuki’s lawyer, Mr Ahmed Raji, SAN, confirmed that the former national security adviser was freed on Tuesday night.
Mr Dasuki’s freedom came hours after the SSS released Omoyele Sowore, an activist who was arrested in August for organising a nationwide protest for good governance tagged Revolution Now.
Dasuki, a retired Nigerian Army colonel, was Nigeria’s national security adviser until May 2015. He was arrested a few months after leaving office on allegations of corruption and illegal arms possession.
He denied any wrongdoing but was not taken to the court for trial after he was rearrested and detained indefinitely without trial even though the Federal High Court in Abuja where he was arraigned granted him bail.