Breaking: Drama as DSS Arraigns Sowore in Court for Treasonable Felony, Rough-handles Him

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SWITZERLAND, SEPTEMBER 30 – There was tension and drama today at the Abuja High Court as the Department of State Security(DSS) arraigned activist and politician, Omoyele Sowore for charges of Treasonable Felony and Terrorism, marking his first public appearance since his arrest.

Despite a court order to release him on bail, the RevolutionNow protest leader is still in DSS custody.

There was a scuffle at the court when the DSS rough-handled Sowore as he spoke to the media.

Sowore expressed his readiness to begin the re-arraignment process of the fresh charges laid before him by the Department of State Services and the Nigerian government.

Sowore appeared in court for the first time today since he was abducted by the DSS on August 3.

Sowore, who is being arraigned before Justice Ijeoma on a seven-count charge, spoke to journalists briefly inside the courtroom.

“We are in court, of course to attend to their ridiculous charges and we are ready for them,” Sowore said with a smile on his face.

The DSS has failed to obey a court order by Justice Taiwo Taiwo to release Sowore on bail following the expiration of the 45-day detention order granted to the DSS.

While narrating his sad experience in detention, Omoyele Sowore said that he has been denied access to the real world.

Omoyele Sowore said:

“I haven’t been in touch with my lawyers. I don’t know the charges they are bringing against me. I am not allowed to see sunshine. I’ve not been outside except today. I am happy people are staying strong. 

I have no doubt this will come to an end in favour of the Nigerian people. Whether you like it or not, the revolution will happen. It is only a matter time.”

The convener of Sahara Reporters alleged that DSS officials who stormed his house in Lagos on August 3rd injured his shoulder.

“I have a bad shoulder which they broke during my arrest. They gave me no access to telephone. No TV. No newspapers. Nothing. 

What is interesting is that Boko Haram commanders who are engaged in high level terrorism have access to telephone, TV and even cable in their cells. 

So you wonder which one is better: a freedom fighter or a terrorist.”

 The court ordered the remand of the convener of Omoyele Sowore, and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare, in the custody of the Department of State Security Service (DSS), pending the hearing of their bail application.

Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu fixed Friday for the hearing of their bail application.

Sowore was arraigned on seven counts of treasonable felony and other sundry offences.

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