After taking over the case of detained Publisher, Omoyele Sowore, the Department of State Services (DSS), the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has said his office cannot take any decision on the release of Omoyele Sowore.
Malami, in a statement issued on Monday, said that he could not take a unilateral decision on the release of Sowore without recourse to the court, where the ‘RevolutionNow’ protests convener and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare, are being prosecuted on charges of treasonable felony, among others.
The statement which was signed by his Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Umar Gwandu, was in reaction to “the claim that a lawyer sent a letter to the AGF requesting the release of Mr. Sowore”.
The Pres men had reported earlier that Sowore’s Lawyer, Femi Falana, had written the AGF demanding the release of the co-Convener of #RevolutionNow.
The letter dated December 13, 2019, Falana had stated that his letter became necessary after two lawyers in the defense team of Sowore and Bakare visited the DSS headquarters in Abuja to demand Sowore’s release, but were advised to direct their request to him (Malami).
The AGF has however said, “When parties submit their issues for determination to a court of law, they lack exclusivity of decision over such issues without recourse to the court.”
“We remain guided by the established tradition and will not take unilateral decision without recourse to the rule of law,” he added.
The same court, the Federal High Court in Abuja, where Sowore and Bakare were charged, has granted