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AGF Malami orders DSS to hands-off Sowore’s trial, takes over case

Valentine Chinyem



Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, has ordered the Department of State Services (DSS) to hands-off Omoyele Sowore’s case.

This was made known in a statement by Umar Gwandu, the special assistant to the attorney-general on media.

According to him, Dayo Apata, solicitor-general of the federation, on behalf of the AGF sent a letter to Yusuf Bichi, director-general of the DSS, on Wednesday, directing the security agency to promptly forward the case file to the AGF’s office.

“The honourable attorney general of the federation and minister of justice upon a further review of the case, has directed the immediate takeover 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),” the letter read.

This development is to ensure speedy dispensation of justice in the case, the statement said.

Sowore is accused of treasonable felony, money laundering and of insulting the president.

He has been in the custody of the DSS despite a court order for his release.

Recall that the DSS invaded the High Court last week in a bid to arrest Sowore, attracting serious condemnation from the public