SSS releases Sowore, 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.

Mr Sowore’s lawyer, Femi Falana, while confirming the development to PREMIUM TIMES, 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…

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