The Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami and the Director-General of the Department of Security Sevice, Lawal Bichi to appear in court over the rearrest and detention of Sahara Reporters Publisher, Omoyele Sowore.
Justice Iyang Ekwo gave the order on Tuesday in a short ruling in the fundamental suit filed by Sowore against the AGF and DSS over his rearrest and continued detention.
Justice Ekwo ordered the AGF and DSS boss to appear in court on December 23.
The Sahara Reporters publisher is asking the court to order the DSS to pay him N500 million as damages for his detention and violation of fundamental rights.
A judge of the Federal High Court in Abuja had signed a release order for Sowore on November 6, after he met the bail conditions set by the judge. But the DSS refused to release the activist.
Many Nigerians and lawyers have said that the DSS’ refusal to comply with the order effectively meant that Sowore was being held in illegal captivity by state agents.