Sambo Dasuki and Sowore Omoyele were released by the Department of State Services (DSS) on Tuesday in Abuja, following the directive of the Federal Government.
The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Mr Abubakar Malami, had ordered the DSS to release the former NSA, Sambo Dasuki as well as the convener of #RevolutionNow protests, Mr Omoyele Sowore.
In a statement personally signed Mr Abubakar Malami, he explained that the decision to release the two men was in compliance with the bail granted to them by the court.
Dasuki was arrested in December 2015 over an allegation of diverting $2.1billion arms funds while serving as the National Security Adviser during the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
Sowore Omoyele was arrested on August 3, 2019, for convening a RevolutionNow that has demand in three Phases that was considered treasonable by the Federal Government of Nigeria.
The first phase is to “End Anti-people Economic Policies.” The elements of this phase include
- Return of fuel prices and electricity tariffs to their level in 1999.
- End to estimated and inflated billing y the electricity distribution companies.
- No devaluation of Naira
- End of insecurity and constant bloodletting in the country.
- Abolition of the tuition fee in all public universities and secondary schools.
- Immediate payment of N30,000 minimum wage
- The immediate release of political prisoners including Shi’ite leader Ibrahim El Zakzaky and his wife.
- The immediate payment of all outstanding salaries of workers and pensions of retirees.
The Second Phase is to “End Special Privileges for the Ruling Class.” The elements of the second phase include:
- All public officials must be banned from educating their children in private schools in Nigeria or in schools in foreign countries.
- These officials must be banned also from obtaining healthcare in private hospitals in Nigeria or in hospitals in foreign countries.
- An immediate end to the use of police or military personnel as private security guards for these officials
- Except for the President and Governors, these officials and their immediate family must not live in class-exclusive estates.
The Third Phase is to “Return Political Power and National Wealth to the Working People.” The elements of the second phase include:
- The complete and uncompensated repossession by the working people of all national resources stolen by the ruling class.
- The complete and uncompensated seizure by the working people of all private wealth accumulated by public officials during and after their tenure of office.
- The complete socialisation of all land in the country and declaration of access to land as a basic right.
- The break of the stranglehold of the ruling class on political power by banning from politics all who have stolen the people’s money and property since 1960.
- To reduce the cost of governance by abolishing the senate, thus establishing a unicameral legislature with the only house of representatives.
- Abolishing the death penalty except for embezzling or privatisation of the public wealth.
- Producing a new constitution for Nigeria by a democratic and people-led process involving open discussion, debate and determination of proposals and suggestions by the working people.
These agitations were faced with mixed reactions from Nigerians. Some say they were anti-political public officeholders.
Both were granted bail by the court but the court orders were disobeyed by the Federal Government.
In a reaction over their release yesterday, Femi Falana, Senior Advocate of Nigeria has the following advice to the Attorney general of the Federation:
“By ordering the release of Col Dasuki pursuant to the orders of courts the Attorney general of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami SAN has jettisoned the reactionary position that national security takes precedence over the rule of law. Since the Buhari administration has now embraced the rule of law, Mr Malami should ensure that the valid and subsisting orders of all courts are obeyed in accordance with section 287 of the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria.”
Their release was indeed a very Happy Christmas message to them and their families, friends and well-wishers and the entire Nigerians from the Federal government of Nigeria as it is a sign of the Present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to start considering the rule of law.