You Have No Power To Charge Me Mith Terrorism’ – Sowore tells DSS
Omoyele Sowore, convener of #RevolutionNow protest, says the department of state services (DSS) is not empowered to prosecute him on terrorism charges.
Sowore stated this in reaction to a report file made by the DSS, who had asked the court to determine if it was proper to document terrorism charge on the activist and whether or not it was right to for it to seek an ex parte motion for his detention.
The former presidential aspirant has been in detention since 3rd August . He was arrested on the eve of a nationwide planned protest.
In response to the issues formulated by the DSS, the #RevolutionNow convener said although the DSS is mentioned in the terrorism act, “it is not a juristic office having not been created by an act of the national assembly.”
“The fact that SSS and DSS are used interchangeably in Nigeria has not conferred a felony status at the DSS,” Sowore said in the reaction made by one Abubakar Marshal.
“any way the motion ex parte herein was filed by the SSS and not DSS. As far as the law is concerned the applicant/respondent (DSS) have no power to substitute for the DSS.
“Furthermore, the state security service established pursuant to section 2 of the National Security Agencies act has not empowered to arrest, investigate and prosecute the respondent/applicant or any individual.
“unlike the Nigeria Police Force, the unbiased and Corrupt Practices and different associated Offences charge, and the economic Crimes commission and many others which can be clothed with powers to arrest, detain and prosecute suspects the applicant/respondent has no power to arrest, inspect and prosecute any individual.”
Sowore said using the phrase “revolution” is not a criminal offence in Nigeria.
“considering a progressive trade of government requires the entire overhaul of the felony and social order, the August 5 protest is not a revolution in the eye of the law,” he said.