Human rights activist, Femi Falana (SAN), has said he would file an application to challenge the order by a Federal High Court in Abuja that granted the Department of State Services (DSS) permission to detain Omoyele Sosore for 45 days.
Sowore, the publisher of SaharaReporters and convener of the #RevolutionNow protests, has been in DSS detention since his arrest on Saturday.
According to Falana, Sowore had as of Wednesday envisaged the Thursday’s ruling and had instructed that it should be challenged.
The senior lawyer said, “I saw him yesterday (Wednesday) when he had already envisaged that the order for his detention would be granted. So he had already given us the instruction to challenge it.”
Many organisations including the European Union, Afenifere, Committee for the Defence of Human Rights, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, Free Nigeria Movement and senior lawyers including Mike Ozekhome (SAN), have also faulted the order.
SERAP said it would petition the United Nations Human Rights Council on the continued detention of Sowore,
In their separate reactions, Afenifere and Ozekhome called for the unconditional release of the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress in the 2019 presidential poll.