Here's why Sowore, Dasuki have been set free by the federal government

The office of the Attorney General has ordered the DSS to set Dasuki and Sowore free.

Omoyele Sowore (left) with running mate in the 2019 election Rabiu Rufai (right) [Facebook/Omoyele Sowore

The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami made the disclosure in a statement.

Malami said the decision to set both men free is in compliance with the bail granted them by the courts.

The statement reads: “The office of the honourable Attorney General of the Federation has reviewed the pending criminal charges against the duo of Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.) and Omoyele Sowore.

“Whilst the Federal High Court has exercised its discretion in granting bail to the Defendants in respect of the charges against them, I am also not unmindful of the right of the Complainant/Prosecution to appeal or further challenge the grant of bail by the court having regards to extant legal provisions, particularly Section 169 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015.

“However, my office has chosen to comply with the court orders while considering the pursuit of its rights of appeal and/or review of the order relating to the bail as granted or varied by the courts.

“In line with the provisions of Sections 150(1) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), and in compliance with the bail granted to Col. Sambo Dasuki (Rtd) (as recently varied by the Court of Appeal) and the bail granted to Omoyele Sowore, I have directed the State Security Services to comply with the order granting bail to the Defendants and effect their release.

“The two defendants are enjoined to observe the terms of their bail and refrain from engaging in any act that is inimical to public peace and national security as well as their ongoing trial which will run its course in accordance with the laws of the land.

“I wish to reiterate again the utmost regard of my office for the entire judicial structure of Nigeria.

“This administration remains unrelenting in deepening the rule of law and the administration of justice in general.”

In his reaction, Dasuki’s counsel Ahmed Raji (SAN) said: “We thank God Almighty. We thank God Almighty. And we thank God Almighty.

“We thank the president of our country, the Attorney General of the federation, the entire Judiciary and all Nigerians. It is well with us. May God continue to be with all of us.”

Dasuki has been on trial since 2015 for alleged corruption to the tune of billions of Naira. Sowore was arrested in August shortly before a protest he was leading, and charged with treason.

There have been protests in recent times to set Sowore free after the court granted him bail.

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