Buhari Presidency Orders DSS To Withdraw From Sowore Case As Attorney General...

Buhari Presidency Orders DSS To Withdraw From Sowore Case As Attorney General Takes Over

By News Agency of Nigeria on December 13, 2019
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Abubakar Malami, President Buhari, June 12, Democracy Day
Abubakar Malami, Nigeria's federal attorney general

Abubakar Malami, the attorney general of the federation and minister of justice, has taken over the case against the #RevolutioNow protest convener, Omoyele Sowore, from the Department of State Services, DSS.

A statement by the minister’s special assistant on media and public relations, Umar Gwandu, confirmed this on Friday, Ddecember 13, 2019.

The statement referred to December 11, 2019, a letter sent on behalf of the AGF by the Solicitor-General of the Federation, Dayo Apata, to the Director-General of DSS, Yusuf Bichi, directing the security agency to “promptly forward all the case files” to the AGF.

Drama at the Federal High Court: Supporters of SaharaReporters Publisher, Omoyele Sowore prevent his arrest by operatives of Nigeria's secret police, the Department of State Security, DSS on Friday, December 6, 2019
Drama at the Federal High Court: Supporters of SaharaReporters Publisher, Omoyele Sowore prevent his arrest by operatives of Nigeria’s secret police, the Department of State Security, DSS on Friday, December 6, 2019 | Reuters

The statement by the media aide to the AGFread in part, “The Solicitor General of the Federation, Federal Ministry of Justice, Dayo Apata who signed the letter referred to a letter from the DSS office on September 9, 2019″.

It quoted Apata’s letter as stating that ” the Honorable Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice upon a further review of the case has directed the immediate takeover of the prosecution of all charges in respect of Omoyele Sowore by the Federal Ministry of Justice in line with the provisions of Sections 150(1) and 174(1) (a-c) of the 1999 constitution (as amended)”.

The statement by the media aide of the minister indicated that the move to take over the case from the DSS was to ensure speedy completion of the case and not due to the disgraceful handling of the case with the invasion of Federal High Court in Abuja by the operatives of the security agency in their bid to rearrest Sowore on February 6, 2019.

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