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Published On: Fri, Dec 20th, 2019

Islamic group calls for release of Sowore, others

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From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna

The youth wing of Ansar-Ud-Deen Society of Nigeria (ADS) has called for the immediate release of #RevolutionNow convener, Omowole Sowore and other detainees that have been granted bail by a competent court of law.
Chairman of Ansar-Ud-Deen Youth Association of Nigeria (ADYAN) Northern States Council, Prof. Bashir Adeniyi Omipidan, stated this in a statement made available to the media in Kaduna yesterday.
According to him,” it is imperative for Federal Government to obey court orders and release those granted bail, while adding that government can re-arraign those who went against their bail terms or anyone that it has cogent reason to prosecute.”
Speaking ahead of ADYAN 2019 Northern State Council Conference and Awards Ceremony billed for Funtua this weekend, the professor of law tasked Nigerians to support President Muhammadu Buhari administration to enable it guide Nigeria to prosperity, while urging those adversely affected by the Federal Government border closure to persevere, noting that the policy is for the overall good of the nation.
According to Prof. Omipidan, their visit to Medium Security Custodian Center Funtua is part of Ansar-Ud-Deen programmes across the country to visit the less privileged, share their feeling, show them love and make them feel as vital part of the society
He said they do help inmates pay their fines, provide them with improved medicare, and help make it easy for their reintegration back into the society after their jail term.
“ADYAN Northern States Council is not oblivious of the fact that Omoyele Sowore and some other persons are still in detention despite court granted bail, we call on the Federal Government to arraign those who have not been tried to court, while allowing those who have already been granted bail to go home.
“We are equally not opposed to rearrest of anyone on bail if there are reasons to suspect that condition of such bail have been flouted, this should however be carried out in accordance with the rule of law.
“A person remains suspect until convicted by a court of competent jurisdiction but as at this moment Omoyele Sowore is still a suspect who has been granted bail by the court and should be released.
“His counsel, Femi Falana has asked the Federal Government to release him but the attorney general of the federation said the court would determine that. We need peace on our country, so we cannot say whoever committed offence should not be dealt with but it should be done within the confines of the law.
“We call on all Nigerians perpetrating violence, evil vices like insecurity etc that they should desist before the long arms of the law catch up with them.”

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