The Department of State Services (DSS) says it is ready to release Omoyele Sowore, convener of RevolutionNow Movement.
Sowore was arrested in Lagos on August 3 and subsequently flown to Abuja where he has been detained.
WITHIN NIGERIA recalls that Sowore was last month granted bail by the Federal High Court in his ongoing trial for alleged treason and alleged plot to overthrow the present government, he, however, met the stringent bail conditions ordered by the court on November 6, but the SSS has declined to release him.
His continued detention had prompted a nationwide outrage. Protesters had gathered at the DSS headquarters on Tuesday to registered their displeasure over his continued detention, but were dispersed by officers of DSS.
During the protest, some security agents clashed with Sowore’s supporters. Pictures showing the security operatives pointing guns at the protesters went viral on social media.
Meanwhile, reacting in a statement on Wednesday, Peter Afunanya, spokesman of the DSS, said operatives of the agency, did not open fire on protesters but prevented them from forcefully breaking into the agency to release Sowore.
“The DSS wishes to state that its operatives did not open fire on alleged protesters who had stormed its facility on 12th November, 2019,” he said.
“As a normal global security practice, the operatives stood in defence of their facility when some group of persons made unruly attempts to forcefully break into the place and effect the release of Sowore.
“Despite serial and unwarranted provocations, the Service, as a professional and responsible Organisation, did not shoot at the so called protesters. It could not have done so.
“For emphasis, the Service reiterates its avowed readiness to release SOWORE once the processes are concluded.”
Afunanya said those who have offered to take delivery of Sowore are not qualified to do so.