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The federal government has ordered the release of Sambo Dasuki and Omoyele Sowore, attorney-general Abubakar Malami has said.

Mr Malami announced the directive in a statement, according to The Nation newspaper.

“The two defendants are enjoined to observe the terms of their bail and refrain from engaging in any act that is inimical to public peace and national security as well as their ongoing trial which will run its course in accordance with the laws of the land,” Mr Malami said.

Mr Dasuki, a former National Security Adviser, has been held for about four years despite several orders that he should be released on bail.

He is being prosecuted for alleged corruption. And possession of arms.

Mr Sowore, an activist and journalist, has been held for several weeks despite meeting his bail conditions.

He is being prosecuted for calling for a revolution against bad governance and is accused of plotting to overthrow the government.

Mr Malami’s full statement of the release of the detainees is reproduced below.

PRESS STATEMENT
RELEASE OF COL. SAMBO DASUKI (RTD.) AND OMOYELE SOWORE

1. The Office of the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation has reviewed the pending criminal charges against the duo of Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.) and Omoyele Sowore. Whilst the Federal High Court has exercised its discretion in granting bail to the Defendants in respect of the charges against them, I am also not unmindful of the right of the Complainant/Prosecution to appeal or further challenge the grant of bail by the court having regards to extant legal provisions, particularly Section 169 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015. However, my Office has chosen to comply with the court orders while considering the pursuit of its rights of appeal and/or review of the order relating to the bail as granted or varied by the courts.

2. In line with the provisions of Sections 150(1) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), and in compliance with the bail granted to Col. Sambo Dasuki (Rtd) (as recently varied by the Court of Appeal) and the bail granted to Omoyele Sowore, I have directed the State Security Services to comply with the order granting bail to the Defendants and effect their release.

3. The two Defendants are enjoined to observe the terms of their bail and refrain from engaging in any act that is inimical to public peace and national security as well as their ongoing trial which will run its course in accordance with the laws of the land.

4. I wish to reiterate again the utmost regard of my Office for the entire judicial structure of Nigeria. This administration remains unrelenting in deepening the rule of law and the administration of justice in general.

SIGNED

ABUBAKAR MALAMI, SAN

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