The legal battle between Omoyele Sowore and the Department of State Service, DSS, has taken another twist as he has sued the DSS over violation of his fundamental human rights.
In his suit against the DSS, the Sahara Reporters publisher and RevolutionNow protests, is also claiming N500 million for damages.
The DSS had claimed that it had to see and verify the sureties before the release of Sowore. Meanwhile, Femi Falana, Sowore’s lawyer has faulted this claim, saying that the court did not assign the DSS the responsibility of verifying the sureties.
Falana had said in a suit marked FHC/ABJ/C51409/2019 dated November 20, 2019 that: “An order of this court compelling the respondents to pay the applicant the sum of N500,000,000 (Five hundred million naira) as general and aggravated damages for illegal violation of the applicant’s fundamental right to life, dignity of his person, fair hearing, health, freedom of movement and freedom of expression”.
The arrest of Sowore on August 3, 2019 and continual detention despite court’s order for his release has generated missed opinions in the public sphere.