Alfred Olufemi

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered the immediate release of former Presidential candidate and publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore.

Mr Sowore, was arrested on August 3 for planning the #RevolutionNow protest scheduled for August 5.

Although the Nigerian government earlier secured a court order to detain Mr Sowore for forty-five days, Justice Taiwo Taiwo said that there was no extant order allowing Mr Sowore’s further detention before the court.

The court’s decision came after taking judicial notice of the information that Mr Sowore’s investigation had been concluded.

The court said Mr Sowore must deposit his international passport within 48 hours after his release and ordered that his lawyer, Femi Falana, should be responsible for producing him in court once he has been notified of the charge against

The judge, Taiwo Taiwo, said the law provides for the freedom of all Nigerians regardless of economic or political status.

“The order of court has expired. It has not been renewed and cannot be renewed in view of the motion ex-parte earlier withdrawn,” the judge said.

Mr Taiwo said: “The liberty of all Nigerians high or low, poor or rich is guaranteed by the constitution. It’s for this end that I’m of the view that the defendant ought to be released forthwith.”

It should be noted that prominent Nigerians, right groups and International organisations have demanded Mr Sowore’s release.