Finally, DSS frees Sowore, Bakare

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Department of State Services on Thursday backed down from its intransigent posture and released the Publisher of Saharareporters Omoyele Sowore and an associate Mandate Bakare.

Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of a Federal High Court in Abuja had ordered the agency to comply with the court’s bail for both men.

She lambasted the prosecutor and issued a stern warning that her order must be obeyed immediately.

Both nen, who are standing trial for alleged treasonable felony, were released around 7.25pm to their lawyer, Mr. Femi Fakana (SAN), and an ecstatic crowd of well-wishers.

The agency had issued spurious excuses after the bail was granted last month, leading to their stay in custody for up to 125 days.

Sowore’s mother had begged President Muhammadu Buhari to set her son free.

There were indications that Buhari has become jittery over the #RevolutionNow protests organised by Sowore in August.

He sent some emissaries to beg Sowore to drop his demands but the journalist refused to listen to the group.

The United States Congress had warned Buhari to stop his clampdown on human rights and release Sowore and other political prisoners.