This followed a directive given by Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation, in a statement issued today.
Malami had also ordered the release of Ex-National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, who had been in the DSS Custody since December 29, 2015.
Meanwhile, Nigerians have taken to Twitter to react, see reactions below:
Those that defended the DDS for re-arresting Omoyele Sowore just 2 weeks ago must be feeling very stupid now. Some even said we should appreciate the ‘freedom’ we are enjoying. Disgraceful and embarrassing sycophancy.
— Dr. Dípò Awójídé (@OgbeniDipo) December 24, 2019
Those who proudly supported, justified & rationalize the unlawful incarceration of
the duo: Omoyele Sowore & Dasuki
Are now celebrating & commending the FG for their release.
May we never be unstable, stupid and senseless like the Buharists.
— Young Otutu (@YoungOtutu) December 24, 2019
Sowore and Dasuki to be released is a small victory for Democracy, a triumph of laws over the caprices of man and proof that no man should be above the law.
No commendations for the Buhari regime here: they can get that from the shameless ones who once justified the illegality.
— Demola Olarewaju (@DemolaRewaju) December 24, 2019
I can feel it in my bones: Many of those that supported the illegal detention of Dasuki & Sowore are waiting for their influencer to find a positive angle to the govt decision to release them or to find a way to pour their frustrations on someone… anyone… before they tweet.
— Dr. Joe Abah (@DrJoeAbah) December 24, 2019
Numerous courts said release Dasuki, Omoyele Sowore & Bakare
DSS didn't release him
federal government says release Dasuki, Sowore & Bakare
DSS must comply with the FG order
Welcome to Nigeria where FG order is superior than court order
— M Abba (@M_Abba_) December 24, 2019
Sad to see that until the US Congress formally demanded that the government “show leadership” on the Sowore matter, the government held him, despite the outcry of well meaning Nigerians, including some of their renowned supporters. Not a good look. Colonial mentality still.
— JJ. Omojuwa (@Omojuwa) December 24, 2019
I can tell you authoritatively that 4 people fought from within to get Dasuki & Sowore released & eventually managed to convince Buhari. They are Abba Kyari, Malami, Hadi Sirika and Kayode Fayemi. They represent the liberal and cerebal wing of the Buhari Govt. & I commend them.
— Femi Fani-Kayode (@realFFK) December 24, 2019
As we welcome the "political" release order on Dasuki and Sowore, the focus must now shift from "release from detention" to true freedom. Part of Sowore's bail conditions says he cannot leave Abuja, must surrender his passport and cannot SPEAK to the press. No true freedom yet.
— Ohimai Godwin Amaize (@MrFixNigeria) December 24, 2019
Less than 1 hour after she met the tyrant, he ordered for the release of #Dasuki and #Sowore. Do you need more reasons to understand that he is a stagnant loyal puppet of the world arrogant?#TyrantBuhari pic.twitter.com/ppAYnXMeO8
— Muhammad Darazo🇳🇬 (@MuhdDarazo) December 24, 2019
— Towolawi Jamiu (@jharmo) December 24, 2019
The court which has the Constitutional POWER, at different times ordered his release but the FG refused.
The supposed release of Omoyele Sowore's is not a display of goodwill or good intentions by the FG.
It's is as a result of intense pressure and possible civil unrest.
— Tosin Olugbenga (@TosinOlugbenga) December 24, 2019
FULL STATEMENT: The Federal Government has directed the release of former National Security Adviser (NSA) Sambo Dasuki (rtd) and Mr. Omoyele Sowore of Sahara Reporters, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, SAN, signed. pic.twitter.com/GJWXDkjiis
— Bashir Ahmad (@BashirAhmaad) December 24, 2019
Abobaku Twitter, how far?
Your gods have released Sowore and Dasuki o.
Errm, do you want to condemn your gods now since you were convinced holding them against court orders was perfectly okay?
Or, are your gods also right to have released them?
Both actions were right?
— Nedu Ekeke #BBOG (@Nedunaija) December 24, 2019
Where are the Gov. Ben Ayade’s Aides on this app? Will Agba Jalingo be spending Christmas in detention?
If anyone has the phone number of Prof. Ben Ayade, please make it public and let us inundate him with calls and sms.
Sowore is free.
Dasuki is free.
— Sir.Ariyo-Dare Atoye (@AriyoAristotle) December 24, 2019
The attack on Deji was led by Kabiru Ibrahim Dallah, among other things, a NANS and NYCN activist. Same guy who was hired by the SSS to recruit urchins who protested at Sowore's hearing 3 weeks pic.twitter.com/ewwpG2ViHb
— Great Oracle (@AbdulMahmud01) December 23, 2019
Sowore released for the ‘’second time’’ in two weeks with a revolutionary smile.
No way for third time agenda pleasepic.twitter.com/gx2FfBfEEl
— Kikelomo sowore (@KikelomoSowore) December 24, 2019
FG bows to pressure, orders the immediate release of Col. Dasuki and Sowore.
Full details later…..
— Henry Shield (@henryshield) December 24, 2019
Since the DSS no longer obey court orders, let's see if they would obey Attorney General order on the release of Dasuki&Omoyele Sowore.
We can conclude then that the DSS is above the law and the courts of the FRN.
It took punch to call him Major General & possible US sanctions.
— Tosin Olugbenga (@TosinOlugbenga) December 24, 2019