Falana: Police await ‘order from above’ to decide Sowore’s fate

Falana: Police await ‘order from above’ to decide Sowore’s fate

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The Nigeria police Force is awaiting ‘order from above’ before it will decide what to do with Mr. Omoyele Sowore, the human rights activist in their custody.

INJURED HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST, MR..OMOYELE.SOWORE

Femi Falana (SAN) ― lawyer to Sowore, the Publisher of Sahara Reporters and a few others, were arrested and detained by police operatives while leading a peaceful protest on the new year eve in Abuja, has said.

According to The Punch, the Senior advocate, is prepared to approach the court to enforce Sowore fundamental human right to freedom and sue the police for allegedly torturing his Client in contravention of the Anti-Torture Act of 2017.

“The Nigeria Police Force is waiting for “orders from above” before releasing Sowore.

“Order from above” is a common term used in Nigeria to refer to a superior authority.

“Since Mr. Sowore’s fundamental right to dignity has been recklessly violated by the police we have his instructions to press for charges against all the officers who subjected him to physical and mental torture in contravention of the letter and spirit of the provisions of the Anti Torture Act of 2017,” he said.

Falana alleges that the police had accused Sowore of breaching Covid-19 protocol, thereby denying him bail for two days for bailable offences .

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He also said, “Mr. Sowore who was covering an event at the time of his arrest has maintained that he did not breach any of the COVID-19 regulations. He has been detained indefinitely on the basis of orders “from above.”

Falana recalled that, “The police officers who arrested Mr. Omoyele Sowore at Abuja on January 31, 2020, subjected him to severe beating and left him with bruises all over his body. As if that was not enough he has been locked up in the midst of armed robbery suspects at a notorious detention facility called abattoir maintained by the disbanded Special Anti Robbery Squad in Abuja.

“The physical torture to Mr. Sowore was prolonged by the refusal of the police to provide him with medical attention. Although Mr. Sowore’s injuries are being treated by his personal physician, the police authorities have refused the application of the detainee for bail even though the alleged offence of breaching COVID-19 regulations is ‘bailable’.

TheNewspad reports that Sowore is and some Nigerians are facing treason charges for calling for a revolution in August 2019 and was granted bail in court.

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