BREAKING | SSS Releases Sowore, Bakare after 124 Days, Pays N100,000 Fine

The State Security Service (SSS) on Thursday night released Omoyele Sowore, publisher of Sahara Reporters, 124 days after he was first arrested in Lagos.

Olawale Bakare, an activist who was arrested and charged alongside Mr.Sowore, was also freed by the SSS on bail Thursday night.

Yele Sowore and Olawale Bakare after their release

Mr Sowore’s lawyer, Femi Falana, while confirming the development to reporters said the SSS also paid N100,000 fine to Mr Sowore as ordered by the judge. The judge, Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court, Abuja, had on Wednesday imposed the fine on the lawyer representing the SSS in the matter for refusing to furnish Mr Sowore’s lawyers with statements of SSS’ witnesses.

Ms Ojukwu also gave the SSS 24 hours to comply with her release warrant issued for Messrs Sowore and Bakare on November 6. The SSS had stalled the release for a month, despite nationwide outrage and warning from the judge that its director-general, Yusuf Bichi, might be held in criminal contempt of court.

Mr Sowore was arrested on August 3 for planning #RevolutionNow, a series of protests to demand an end to corruption and demand better living conditions for all citizens.

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