#RevolutionNow: Sowore ought to have been arraigned by now – Femi Falana

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Femi Falana, a human rights lawyer has expressed disappointment that the convener of #RevolutionNow protests, Omoyele Sowore, has not been arraigned almost three days after he was arrested. 

Sowore was arrested in the early hours of Saturday, August 3rd by operatives of the Department of State Services in Lagos. The state agency said Sowore was arrested on account of the  #RevolutionNow protest which he had spearheaded.  

In a chat with Punchng on Tuesday, August 6th, Falana said he expected Sowore to have been arraigned on Monday because, by law, a suspect should not be kept in detention without arraignment within 48 hours of arrest.

When asked what he would do on account of the extended detention of the human rights activist, Falana said, “I have sent lawyers to the DSS as of Tuesday morning and I’m awaiting a feedback.”  

Falana, who disagreed with the Police that Sowore was liable to be prosecuted for treason for allegedly planning to overthrow a democratically-elected government through a revolution, said arrangements had been made to defend the activist if he is arraigned.

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