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AGF Takes Over Sowore’s Case From DSS

by Whitney Omoh

The case against the #RevolutionNow protest convener, Omoyele Sowore, has been taken over from the Department of State Services by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malawi (SAN).

This was confimed in a statement by the Minister’s Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Dr. Umar Gwandu, on Friday, 13 December,2019.

In his statement, he made  reference to a December 11, 2019 letter sent on behalf of the AGF by the Solicitor-General of the Federation, Mr. Dayo Apata (SAN), to the Director-General of DSS, Yusuf Bichi, directing the security agency to “promptly forward all the case files” to the AGF office.

The letter by Apata who also doubles as the permanent secretary, Federal Ministry of Justjce was a response to September 9, 2019 letter sent to the him.

The statement by the media aide to the AGF read in part, “The Solicitor General of the Federation and the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Justice, Dayo Apata, SAN who signed the letter referred to a letter from the DSS office on September 9, 2019.”

It reportedly quotes Apata’s letter as stating that “the Honourable Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice upon a further review of the case

has directed the immediate take over of the prosecution of all charges in respect of Omoyole Sowore by the Federal Ministry of Justice in line with the provisions of Sections 150(1) and 174 (1) (a-c) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended)”.

In the letter the Director was requested to “promptly forward all the case files” in respect of Omoyele Sowore to the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.

The statement by According to the statement made by the media aide of the minister, it indicated that the attempt to take over the case from the DSS was to ensure speedy completion of the case.

But information gathered on Friday is that the development was as a result of the disgraceful handling of the case with the invasion of Federal High Court in Abuja by the operatives of the DSS in their bid to rearrest Sowore on February 6.

According to Malami on Wednesday the incident is being investigated by the Federal Government.

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