A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered the Department of State Services (DSS) to pay the sum of N2 million as general damages to Omoyele Sowore, convener of the #RevolutionNow movement, over the unlawful seizure of his phone in 2019.
Justice Anwuli Chiekere, the presiding judge, gave the judgment on Wednesday.
Sowore was arrested by the DSS on August 2, 2019. Although he was granted bail by two courts, the DSS failed to release the activist, who is also the publisher of Sahara Reporters, until December 24, 2019.
However, his phones were not released to him upon his release.
Sowore subsequently went to court to challenge the seizure of his phones by the secret police.
Justice Chiekere in her ruling on Wednesday held that the suit is not an abuse of court process as claimed by the respondent’s counsel.
The judge ordered that the phones and money seized from Sowore in August 2019 should be returned to him and N2 million paid to him as damages.
She also ordered the DSS to apologise to the plaintiff publicly in two national dailies.