We will only release Sowore to qualified persons, says SSS

The Department of State Services (DSS) has said it will only release the convener of #RevolutionNow Movement, Omoyele Sowore, to qualified people.

Omoyele Sowore
Omoyele Sowore

Spokesman to the DSS, Peter Afunanya, disclosed this to reporters at the agency’s headquarters in Abuja on Tuesday.

Afunanaya said: “Sowore was granted bail and we say that he is in our custody. Do we bring Sowore out to the gate and ask him to go?’ What if Sowore was going on the road and he was knocked down by a car?

“People who should take Sowore and do proper documentation have not come up until now. Protesters and some people who were not parties, unqualified to stand and document properly and take responsibility that Sowore has been released to them, came.

“Is it the right thing for us to have released Sowore to a mob? People who came and acted unruly, fighting and forcing themselves into the facility.”

Furthermore, the DSS spokesman also denied the allegations that gunshots were fired at protesters who stormed the agency’s headquarters demanding Sowore’s release

He said, “No guns were used on any person. The DSS is a very peaceful organisation and discharges its duty with utmost responsibility and accountability.

“We have standard operating procedures on the use of arms. So, our staff couldn’t have used guns on any person. Things were exaggerated and people were passing their opinions to put the service on a part of hate.”

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