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Sowore continues hunger strike for sixth day to protest continued detention by DSS

Image result for omoyele soworeAs SaharaReporters revealed that DSS detainee, Omoyele Sowore has continued his hunger strike in protest of his continued detention by the Department of State Services.

Sowore who has now gone six days without food was arrested on August 3, 2019 for planning a series of protest against bad governance in Nigeria.

His lawyers say he has vowed not to eat until his rights are respected and he is released from detention.

How court granted Omoleye Sowore bail from DSS custody

Court grants Omoyele Sowore bail after 52-days behind barsIt has been reported that Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High court Abuja has asked the Department of State Service to release Omoyele Sowore on bail.

The judge made the ruling after listening to the argument of Sowore’s lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) and the prosecuting counsel.

The judge, as part of bail conditions, asked Sowore to drop his passport with the court within 48 hours.

At the hearing today, Sowore’s lawyer, Femi Falana insisted that order of 45 days granted to DSS should be vacated since there is no renewal and therefore ask for the release of the respondent in line with section 35 of the constitution.

Falana went on to remind the court that there is no bail application before the court. Filling of information cannot metamorphose into a remand order. He urged the court to discountenance the prayer by the prosecution for misleading the court that the respondent is facing a capital offence. That insulting the President is not a capital offence

Falana also referred the court to the case of MKO Abiola 1995 vs FG where the appellant was charged with treasonable felony and the court granted him bail even on self recognition. Falana said he was also charged with treasonable felony and Justice Taiwo Taiwo was the one who defended him and he was granted bail.

He then told the court that since the detention order has expired and application for renewal has been withdrawn, the court should make a consequential order and release Sowore. He also said; “If the court wants him and i will produce him (Sowore).”

First photos of Femi Falana, Deji Adeyanju, others from the arraignment of Omoyele Sowore by DSS

Face of new DG DSS, Yusuf Magaji Bichi unveils

Photo of the new DG of DSS, Yusuf Magaji Bichi It has been revealed that President Buhari last night has approved the appointment of  Yusuf Magaji Bichi as the new Director General of the Department of State Security DSS.

Bichi from Kano state, takes over from Matthew Seiyefa, who was appointed by then Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, as Acting Director-General of DSS following the sacking of Lawal Daura by Osinbajo on August 7th, this is authoritative.

Daura Update: DSS debunks reports of finding N21bn in home of ex-DG Lawal Daura

DSS denies reports of finding N21bn in home of ex-DG Lawal DauraIt has been reported that the Department of State Services (DSS) has denied reports making the rounds that N21 billion was found in the home of the immediate past director general, Lawal Daura.

In a statement issued by its spokesperson, Tony Opuiyo, DSS said there is no iota of truth in the allegation that N21bn and unspecified number of permanent voters card and ammunitions were found in Daura’s houses in Katsina and Abuja. Read the statement below

“The attention of the Department of State Services has been drawn to the circulation of fake information and videos in which several items were said to have been recovered from the Katsina and Abuja homes of its immediate past Director General, Lawal Daura. These non-existent items include: N21bn cash, 400 assorted and sophisticated small arms and light weapons/rifles, and thousands of permanent voters card belonging to Niger Republic immigrants.

“In another video also in circulation, some persons believed to be personnel of a security outfit were seen forcing open safes stocked with money. The security operatives were described as executing a recovery operation at the Katsina home of the former DGSS.

“Consequently, the service wishes to inform the public that these videos are false and should be disregarded. So far, no such recovery operations have been undertaken by the EFCC or any other security agency at DSS’ office or residences of the former DG.

“There is no doubt that different interests have continued to give varied accounts of the incident of last week at the national assembly. It may, however, be recalled that the presidency had pledged to carry out a detailed investigation regarding the alleged national assembly siege.”

 

Daura’s appointment was terminated by acting president Yemi Osinbajo, following the invasion of the National Assembly by DSS officials last week Tuesday.

DSS Squeezes former Governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam

Former Benue state governor, Gabriel Suswam, has been arrestedReports have it that the Department of State Services (DSS) has arrested a former Governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam, over security issues in the state.

Suswam was arrested today after the incumbent governor, Samuel Ortom,  petitioned the DSS alleging that Suswam has threatened to make the state ungovernable hence the continous attacks recorded in the state.

The DSS had arrested the former Governor in 2017, after it said it uncovered a large cache of arms and ammunition from a property allegedly belonging to him at number 44 Aguiyi Ironsi Way, Maitama-Abuja.

According to a statement by the DSS spokesman, Tony Opuiyo, the operation was informed by intelligence that some incriminating items were stashed in the boots of cars parked at the property.

The agency said after carrying out a raid on the property in the presence of two private security officers employed by the company, the following items were recovered:

A glock pistol with two magazines and a total of 29 rounds of ammunition, a mini-uzi with two magazines containing 10 rounds and four rounds respectively, 42 extra rounds of ammunition contained in a pack and one Ak-47.

The search also revealed 21 Certificates of Occupancy and one Offer of Statutory Right of Occupancy, 23 luxury designer watches; and 45 keys to various exotic cars.

– Channels TV,

My re-arrest’ll quicken actualisation of Biafra – Nnamdi Kanu

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Kanu also said that nobody can restrict his movement in any part of the country and that he is free to go to any part of Nigeria, including Lagos, if he so wishes.

According to the IPOB leader who spoke in Umuahia, nobody can stop him from visiting Lagos State if he wants to visit there, saying he was not bothered by threats by some elements that his safety would not be guaranteed in Lagos.

If you arrest me, Biafra will come even quicker than we anticipate. I am not afraid of being arrested. I have been there before and if need be, I will also be there again.

I will be very happy if they re-arrest me. If we are hoping for 90% compliance with the boycott of Anambra State Governorship election, my arrest will make the compliance 100 %.

But why will I be re-arrested and nobody is going to arrest Tanko Yakassai or Ango Abdulahi because of what they have been saying? Is it because they are Fulani? They own Nigeria? They are immuned to arrest? Is arrest only meant for Biafrans and not for Fulani?

Who will arrest Lawal Daura of DSS for flouting court order to release Bright Chimezie Isinwa of IPOB? The Fulanis say whatever they like and go free and nobody holds them accountable because they own Nigeria”, Kanu said.

According to him, “I go to anywhere I want to go. I don’t listen to threats. They motivate me rather than dampen my spirit. That thing people say I cannot do is what I love to do. When the time comes, I will go to Lagos if I have to go to Lagos”.

I have friends with connections in Lagos, Fani Fayode is my friend and he is in Lagos. If I try to visit him in Yoruba land, then I must see him in Lagos”.

Kanu also denied promoting hate speech as being accused of by his critics, saying that condemnation of the injustices in Nigeria or the agitation for self- rule does not in any way amount to hate speech.

“I completely disagree with them. They are the pioneers of hate speech. Go through the text of speeches made by Ango Abdulahim, Tanko Yakassia or the ones made by one Abubarkar. Are those ones not hate speeches? Unfortunately, I blame the deplorable state of education in Nigeria because they don’t know what hate speech is all about.

“Does asking for self determination amount to hate speech? Or asking for referendum hate speech? Where did they go to school? I think they need to invest more in education because self determination is no way equal to war or hate speech”, Kanu said.

 

Ohaneze Ndigbo condemns arrest and detention of Ifeanyi Ubah

Ohanaeze Ndigbo has condemn the detention of the Chairman of Capital Oil and Gas Industries Limited, Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah by the Department of State Services, DSS since May 5, 2017.

Ohanaeze Ndigbo whose members stormed the Justice Muhammed Idris Federal High Court Ikoyi, Lagos, in solidarity for one of its illustrious sons, Dr. Ubah, however called on all Igbo sons and daughters within and across Lagos State to storm the Court on Thursday, May 18, 2017 to support one of their own.

Recall that on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, Justice Idris ordered the DSS to produce Dr. Ubah before his court today (Friday), and show why the oil mogul should not be released unconditionally.

The Honorable Justice was ruling in the ex-parte application filed by Ifeoma Esom, Counsel to Dr. Ubah, to compel Ubah’s unconditional release from the custody of the DSS, where he has been since Friday, May 5, 2017.

But in flagrant disobedience of the Court Order, the DSS failed to produce Dr. Ubah in Court today (Friday).

Justice Idris, thus adjourned till May 18, for the substantive matter to be heard.

Speaking to Journalists, Chairman of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Lagos State branch , Barr. Fabian Onwughalu said: “All the affidavits, including the affidavits of the DSS that is before this court indicates that actually it was a matter of business relationship and contractual agreement that went sour which is supposed to be resolved civilly through a civil process by the court, instead of employing government’s agents of coercion to coerce our brother (Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah) and our Grand Patron into accepting what he did not do, into roping him into serious and extinct criminal matters”.

“By the grace of God Almighty, I am urging all our people, Ndigbo in Lagos State, to come enmasse on May 18, and observe the resumed hearing. It is good we are here. Some of us who are here should take the message to all nooks and cranny of Igboland that Chief (Dr.) Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah is not a criminal. He is a decent Nigerian doing a decent business.”

Onwughalu added that “there was a time the Petroleum Tanker Drivers organised a massive strike and he (Ubah) was the person who deflated it. He released products into the Nigerian market to assist the newly sworn in government of Gen. Muhammadu Buhari. Now, how can you assist such a person of subversive activities against the State, that he has tried to help, tried to put a very right footing when they were just new in the office. So, Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah is a very patriotic Nigerian and he remains so. And we shall always honour him. So, we call on Ndigbo to disregard the news making the round.”

“We are supporting Ubah because he is patriotic, he has released fuel to cushion the effect of strike embarked on by Petroleum Tanker Drivers. Nigerians are all aware. Someone who has done this is a patriotic Nigerian. Patriotism is not by mere words of the mouth, it is by your actions. So, he has done so much for Nigeria and he has done so much for Ndigbo because he is our Grand Patron. We made him our Grand Patron because of the qualities in him, and we shall continue to stand by him,” he affirmed.

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