The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), has taken over the case against the #RevolutionNow protests convener, Omoyele Sowore, from the Department of State Services.
Recall that Malami had on Wednesday disclosed that the Federal Government was investigating the incident surrounding the court invasion and Sowore’s re-arrest.
Meanwhile, he has taken over the case, this was contained in a statement by the minister’s Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Dr. Umar Gwandu, on Friday.
The statement referred to a December 11, 2019 letter sent on behalf of the AGF by the Solicitor-General of the Federation, Mr. Dayo Apata (SAN), to the Director-General of DSS, Yusuf Bichi, directing the security agency to “promptly forward all the case.
The letter by Apata, who doubles as the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Justice, was a response to September 9, 2019 letter sent to the AGF.
The statement by the media aide to the AGF read in part, “The Solicitor General of the Federation and the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Justice, Dayo Apata, SAN who signed the letter referred to a letter from the DSS office on September 9, 2019.”
It quoted Apata’s letter as stating that “the Honourable Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice upon a further review of the case has directed the immediate take over of the prosecution of all charges in respect of Omoyole Sowore by the Federal Ministry of Justice in line with the provisions of Sections 150(1) and 174 (1) (a-c) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended)”.
The letter requested the Director to “promptly forward all the case files” in respect of Omoyele Sowore to the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.
The statement by the media aide of the minister indicated that the move to take over the case from the DSS was to ensure speedy completion of the case.