Police rejected Souore’s bail petition pending orders from above – Falana
According to the Sahara Reporter, Abuja police refused to release Omoele Souore on bail pending an order from “above”.
His lawyer, Nigeria’s senior lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana, confirmed the news. Falana said police authorities rudely rejected her client’s request for bail.
Falana said on Saturday that his client had given his lawyer permission to sue all police officers involved in the atrocities. In an interview with Punch, a prominent human rights lawyer said: “Since Mr. Sowore’s fundamental right to dignity has been recklessly violated by the police, we have his instructions to file a complaint against all the officers who brought him in. physical and mental torture in violation of the letter and spirit of the provisions of the 2017 Anti-Torture Law.
“Sowore, who covered the event at the time of the arrest, said he did not violate any COVID-19 rules. He was detained indefinitely on the basis of a top-down order. According to the lawyer, his client was tortured and detained in a pre-trial detention center along with suspects in armed robbery. Falana added: The police officers who arrested Mr. Omoele Souore in Abuja on December 31, 2020, severely beat him and left bruises all over his body.
As if that weren’t enough, he was locked up among the armed robbery suspects in an infamous detention facility called the Slaughterhouse, run by the disbanded Abuja Special Anti-Robbery Unit. “The physical torture of Mr. Sowore continued due to the refusal of the police to provide him with medical assistance.
Although Mr Sowore’s injuries were treated by his personal doctor, police authorities rejected the detainee’s bail request, even though the alleged violation of COVID-19 rules was “subject to bail.”