Femi Falana (SAN), lawyer to the convener of #RevolutionNow protests, Omoyele Sowore, has said that he would file an application to challenge the detention order to detain his client for 45 days.
Concise News had reported that the Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday granted the Department of State Service (DSS) permission to detain the publisher of Sahara Reporters for 45 days.
The presiding judge, Justice Taiwo Taiwo, gave the ruling on an ex parte application filed by the DSS on Tuesday to keep Sowore for 90 days to investigate him over his call for revolution.
Applying for the detention order, the DSS anchored its application on the provision of section 27(1) of the Terrorism (Prevention) Amendment Act.
The court said should the applicant require more time to conclude its investigation after the expiration of the first 45 days on September 21, it had the liberty to apply for its renewal.
Ruling on ex parte application, a one-sided request by the DSS without counter-argument by Sowore’s legal team, Justice Taiwo, said he had to grant the application, “only to the extent” of allowing the security agency to keep the respondent in custody for only 45 days for the applicant to conclude its investigation.
However, Falana, while speaking to reporters on Thursday, said Sowore had envisaged the ruling and had instructed that it should be challenged.
He said: “I saw him yesterday (Wednesday) when he had already envisaged that the order for his detention would be granted. So he had already given us the instruction to challenge it.”