Rather than free Sowore, Bakare, Nigerian govt wants them transferred to prison – Falana

A lawyer, Femi Falana, on Sunday said the federal government has applied to the Federal High Court in Abuja for an order of transfer the publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, and his co-accused, Olawale Bakare, from the custody of the State Security Service (SSS) to prison.

Messrs Sowore and Bakare have been in the custody of the SSS since August. They were apprehended for planning a protest popularised with the hashtag #RevolutionNow.

The SSS had refused to release both men despite two separate court orders.

The two men are facing trial on seven counts of treasonable felony, fraud, cyber-stalking and insulting President Muhammadu Buhari.

In a letter dated December 1 and addressed to the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, Mr Falana, who is the lawyer representing the accused, requested the minister to direct the SSS to release his clients.

Mr Falana plead Mr Malami to ensure compliance with the orders of the courts.

The senior counsel also threatened to report the AGF and Hassan Liman, the prosecutor.

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