Sowore: Court awards N200,000 damages against DSS for activist

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In the trial of Omoyele Sowore which resumed on Wednesday, February 12, the DSS has been ordered to pay for damages. The sum payable to Sowore as directed by the Federal High Court in Abuja is N200,000. The court ruled that this was brought about by frivolous adjournments

The Department of State Service (DSS) has been ordered by the Federal High Court in Abuja to pay the sum of N200,000 as damages to Omoyele Sowore.

The damages, according to the court, came as a result of unwarranted adjournments, The Nation reports.

Recall that Leakblast reported that Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka and former Senator Shehu Sani on Wednesday, February 12, arrived at the court in Abuja to witness Sowore’s trial.

Soyinka arrived at the courtroom around 8:50 am, five minutes before the convener of RevolutionNow Movement made his way in.

Sowore is standing trial on seven counts including treasonable felony, insulting the president, and cyber-stalking alongside his co-accused, Olawale Bakare.

Back in August 2019, Operatives of the DSS arrested the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) in the 2019 elections. Sowore was picked up at his apartment in the early hours of Saturday, August 3.

Sowore’s rearrest came after he was released from DSS detention on the evening of Thursday, December 5.

He had spent 124 days and was back in court on the morning of Friday, December 6, for the commencement of his trial on the charge of treasonable felony.

AGF Abubakar Malami had explained that the reason for the release of Dasuki and Sowore was because of the commitment of the federal government to the rule of law and obedience to court orders.

In another post, Leakblast reported that the trial of Sowore would resume on Wednesday, February 12 at the Federal High Court in Abuja.

The court proceeding which was supposed to begin on Tuesday was stalled due to the absence of Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu.

Justice Ojukwu, who had earlier fixed 11th, 12th and 13th of February 2020 as dates for the proceedings, was said to have presided over another court case outside the court in Abuja.

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