AGF Abubakar Malami speaks on Court order over Sowore’s continued detention’


The attorney-general of the federation and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami SAN, disclosed that he was never summoned by the Federal High Court over the continued detention of activist Omoyele Sowore.

In a statement sent to journalists on Wednesday, December 18, his by media aide, Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, Malami said: “the issues that surrounded the subject matter borders on the application filed by Sowore’s lawyer on the 15th day of November 2019.

“the court adjourned the matter to the 23rd day of January 2020 for the hearing of the substantive matter. “Surprisingly, on Tuesday the 17th day of December 2019, the Applicant’s Counsel adopted an ex-parte application filed on the 15th day of November 2019 before Hon. Justice I E. Ekwo.

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“However, the court, being aware of the fact that parties have joined issues, ordered that the deputy chief registrar (litigation) shall inform the 1st & 2nd respondents of the case and the next adjourned date.”

He further clarified that the court order was only to bring to his notice and the Director-General of the Department of State Security (DSS) to take notice that upon the motion ex-parte filed on November 15th that applicants want an expedited hearing of the matter.

According to him, “Therefore, flowing from the above and the order from the court dated Tuesday, the 17th day of December 2019 there was no evidence to show that the Director DSS and the Attorney-General of the Federation have been summoned by the Court as some individuals want to allude.”

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