Despite meeting all his bail conditions, Nigeria’s State Security Service, SSS, has again refused to release the detained publisher of Sahara Reporters.
PREMIUM TIMES reported that one of Mr Sowore’s lawyers, Emmanuel Ogala, as saying that the SSS claimed that it had closed for the day, hence could not review the document showing that the bail conditions had been met.
Mr Ogala said Mr Sowore met all his bail conditions on Wednesday and the release warrant was signed by the judge, Ijeoma Ojukwu.
He added that when he arrived at the office of the SSS, the officials told them that the office closed at 3:30 pm. He did relate the time he got to the office.
SSS spokesperson, Peter Afunanya, did not return calls and SMS sent to him on the matter.
Mr Sowore, a human rights activist, was arrested and detained on allegations of treasonable felony after he organised a nationwide protest with the hashtag #RevelutionNow.
He was granted bail on October 4 for the second time after an initial bail granted him in September by another judge was not honoured by the SSS.
Mr Sowore said the conditions for the October 4 bail were stringent and approached the court for a variation.
Though the court varied Mr Sowore’s second bail on October 21, he could not immediately meet the new conditions. His lead lawyer, Femi Falana, informed the court on Wednesday during Mr Sowore’s trial that the activist had met his bail conditions.