The Department of State Security Services, DSS, has challenged the Federal High Court order, allowing it to detain Omoyele Sowore, Convener, #RevolutionNow Protests, for only 45 days, against its request of 90 days, pending investigations.
The DSS, argued that its investigation so far revealed that “RevolutionNow” was allegedly a smokescreen for the actual intention of Sowore and his Allies “to topple the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.
The DSS said that it was engaged in a painstaking investigation of activities of Sowore, the Candidate of the African Action Congress, AAC, in the last Presidential election, in view of the quantum of evidence so far gathered, and may return to the court to seek an extension of the 45 days granted by the Abuja-based court to detain him.
The Security Agency, made this known in a fresh document which it filed at the Federal High Court, on Monday, in response to an application by Sowore.
In the counter-affidavit deposed to by Godwin Agbadua, an Official of the DSS, it stated that Sowore was arrested on reasonable suspicion of having committed a capital offence, upon his alleged involvement in terrorists’ activities.
“The Respondent/Applicant (Sowore), planned to violently change the government through the hashtag RevolutionNow.
“The Respondent/Applicant hid under the cover of call for mass protest with the hashtag RevolutionNow, to mislead unsuspecting and innocent members of the public into joining him to topple the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“In his plot to topple the government, the Respondent/Applicant held series of meetings with members of a proscribed terrorist organisation, Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, with a view to mobilising strong forces to realise his agenda at changing the government
“The Respondent formed an alliance with a Fugitive, Nnamdi Kanu, a self-acclaimed Leader of the proscribed terrorists group, Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, to launch series of attacks on Nigeria, with a view to violently removing the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“After series of closed-door meetings between the duo in the United States of America, they addressed a Press Conference, wherein they both stated their resolve to form alliance against the Nigerian government. The duo stated that they have a well-planned out strategy to realise their objective, which is toppling the government.
“The Applicant/Respondent is investigating the activities of the Respondent /Applicant as it relates to a terrorist organisation, IPOB. The facts show a conjecture between the Respondent/Applicant and IPOB activities.
“There is the need for the Applicant/Respondent to investigate such reasonable suspicion of the relationship between the Respondent/Applicant and IPOB.
“The Respondent held series of meetings with some foreign collaborators outside Nigeria, including Dubai, where millions of dollars were given to him to sponsor a widespread attack on Nigeria, with a view to violently removing the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and freeing Ibrahim El-Zakzaky (Sheikh).
“In furtherance to the plans to violently free El-Zakzaky from lawful custody, the respondent held several meetings with a proscribed terrorist’s organisation, Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN, where they strategized on how to carry out attacks to force the government to free El-Zakzaky.