Sowore Appeals Court Order Keeping Him In Detention

Sowore Appeals Court Order Keeping Him In Detention

Sowore Appeals Court Order Keeping Him In Detention

Detained activist and founder of SaharaReporters online newspaper, Omoyele Sowore, has challenged Thursday’s court order which allowed the Nigerian government to detain him for 45 days.

In a motion filed by Mr Sowore’s lawyer, Femi Falana, the activist is asking the Court of Appeal to direct a vacation of the remand order and discharge him of all allegations against him.

According to Mr Sowore’s motion which was based on 19 points, the motion ex-parte which resulted in his recent remand order negates his fundamental human rights, as well as the rules of the court.

Mr Sowore has also argued that the order contravenes the provisions of the constitution and was only made to legalise his “illegal” detention.

Mr Sowore, a key organiser of the #RevolutionNow protest, was arrested on August 3 after the Nigerian government accused him of attempting to create anarchy and acting in a manner described by government, as treasonous.

Although the protest which was scheduled to start on August 5 held in parts of Nigeria, dozens of protesters were arrested and some charged to court.

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