Breaking: FG bows to pressure, orders the immediate releases of Sowore and Dasuki

The Buhari administration has finally succumbed to international pressure over disobedience to court orders.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

/ by National Pivot

Recent International interests in Nigeria's domestic issues due to Buhari's tyrannical style of governance, has perhaps, pushed the Buhari administration into a tight corner, and the result is an order that has been long overdue.

Nigerian Government according to a report by Sahara Reporters, has ordered the release of pro-democracy campaigner and journalist, Omoyele Sowore, and former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki.

Dasuki is one of high profile personalities in the country to fall victim of the current government's abuse of power and disregard for court orders. The former aide to Goodluck Jonathan was arrested on December 1, 2015 by the DSS for allegedly stealing $2.1bn and accused of awarding phantom contracts to buy 12 helicopters, four fighter jets, and ammunition meant for Nigeria's military campaign against Boko Haram Islamist militants.

He had been detained since that period despite being granted bail by four different high court judges in Nigeria and ECOWAS Court.

Sowore on his own part, is one of key players in the emergence of Buhari as President, but who for some reasons found himself in the wailing camp. His criticism of the Buhari administration and call for a revolution against the government he helped enthroned, has seen him apprehended, detained, and manhandled by the DSS.

The order for his release comes 18 days after he was rearrested at the Federal High Court, Abuja, by operatives of Department of State Services — a development which attracted widespread condemnation both locally and internationally, and which set the stage for this latest order by the FG.

The United States has recently sent a delegation to monitor and observe the trial of Omoyele Sowore, at the Federal High Court, Abuja, following a letter sent to Nigeria’s Attorney-General of Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) by US lawmakers last week.

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