Pandemonium erupted at the headquarters of the Department of State Services (DSS) in Abuja on Monday after the service operatives used live bullets and tear gas to disperse protesters, who had converged to demand the release of Omoyele Sowore, convener of the #RevolutionNow movement.
The protesters carried several placards with different inscriptions and were singing several protest songs when a truckload of DSS operatives arrived and disrupted the protest.
Deji Adeyanju, the convener of the protest, was addressing journalists on the significance of the protest when the operatives arrived and chased the protesters.
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Noticing that some of the protesters were hanging around, a DSS operative pulled out his service pistol and shot several rounds into the air.
Another operative thereafter used pepper spray to force those who were seated to flee.
Following the use of live bullets, some of the protesters ran, leaving behind their placards, pairs of shoes and some personal effects.
Both Sowore, the publisher of Sahara Reporters, and Olawale Bakare, who are currently undergoing a trial for alleged treasonable felony and money laundering, were granted bail by Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court, Abuja.
After weeks of complaints against the terms, the defendants were finally able to meet the bail conditions with Femi Falana, counsel for the defendants, informing the court during proceedings on Wednesday that he expected Sowore and Bakare to be freed by Thursday.
However, despite receipt and acknowledgement of the court warrant ordering the release of Sowore and Bakare, both men are still being kept in DSS custody.
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The DSS, through its spokesperson, Peter Ifunaya, on Friday blamed the non-release of the two men on their lawyers for allegedly failing to show up to receive them.
Following the agency’s statement, lawyers from the defence team went to the DSS headquarters in Abuja on Saturday hoping for the release of Sowore and Bakare.
However, they went back after hours of waiting without the duo being produced.