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Sowore embarks on hunger strike, as Falana threatens to sue DSS

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Detained political activist and publisher of Sahara Reporter online news platform, Omoyele Sowore, has embarked on a hunger strike over the refusal of the DSS to set him free after meeting his bail conditions.

In a text message to Premium Times on Friday, his lawyer, Femi Falana, said Mr Sowore has refused to eat or see anybody.

Mr Sowore has been in detention since August 3 when he was arrested two days to the Revolution Now protest his group was organising in Nigeria.

“Since yesterday (Thursday) he has refused to come down. He has refused to see anybody and this is in protest that his rights are being violated.

“He has not eaten because the DSS don’t feed him and he is rejecting food from the people who usually take food to him in detention.”

Mr Falana explained that the detained activist insisted on not seeing anyone, including the people who take his food to him in prison “because there is a court order asking for him to be released, the second one, so he is protesting this.”

In a related development, Mr Falana, a senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), has threatened legal action against the DSS, for refusing to release Mr Sowore.

The human rights activist was arrested and detained on allegations of a treasonable felony after he organised the nationwide protest with the hashtag #RevelutionNow.

He was granted bail on October 4 for the second time after an initial one in September by another judge was not honoured by the DSS.

Mr Sowore said the conditions for the October 4 bail were stringent and approached the court for a variation.

Though the court varied Mr Sowore’s second bail on October 21, he could not immediately meet the new conditions. Mr Falana informed the court on Wednesday during Mr Sowore’s trial that the activist had met his bail conditions.

The judge later confirmed he had met the bail conditions and signed that Mr Sowore should be released.

However, in a statement on Thursday, Mr Falana said it was the second time the DSS would ignore a court order to release Mr Sowore.

– Premium Times

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