Drama as armed DSS move to rearrest Sowore in court

Sowore lying on the floor as the DSS operatives attempt to arrest him.

There was a mild drama at the court 7, Federal High Court, Abuja, on Friday, as armed operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) moved to rearrest Omoyele Sowore, Convener, #RevolutionNow protest, and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare, at the court premises.

The drama started shortly after Justice Ijoema Ojukwu adjourned the trial continuation till Feb. 11, 12 and 13 for definite hearing.

Justice Ojukwu had, on Thursday, ordered the DSS to release Sowore and Bakare within 24 hours.

Ojukwu, who gave the order, also awarded a N100,000 fine against the DSS over its delay to serve the defence counsel with the additional proof of evidence in the ongoing trial despite the court’s order to the effect.

The DSS had, on Thursday, complied with the court order by releasing the defendants and also paid the fine.

At the Friday’s sitting, the DSS Lawyer, Hassan Listen, SAN, told the court that the security agency had already complied with the order of the court.

He also hinted that based on the agreement between the parties, the matter adjourned till Feb. 11, 12 and 13 to enable the parties respond to applications filed.

Also, speaking, Counsel to the defendants, Femi Falana, SAN, confirmed that his clients were released to him on Thursday evening.

“My Lord, at about 5’o clock yesterday, I received a call from my respected colleague to send our lawyers to receive our clients.

“I am happy to tell you that our clients were released and the N100,000 cost was also paid.

“On account of this, on behalf of our defendants, we wish to express our profound appreciation for your leadership and for standing up for integrity and for standing for the rule of law in Nigeria.

“I also thank my colleague for impressing it on their client to obey the court order.

“I hope my learned friend will allow the defendants to get their freedom notwithstanding the charges,” he told the court.

Justice Ojukwu, who commended the DSS for obeying the Court order, said everyone must be ready to allow the law to take its course irrespective of position one held.

“It is obvious that the DSS has demonstrated its commitment to the rule of law.

“No one is above the law,” adding that those at realms of power must respect the rule of law.

“The DSS has earned the respect of Nigerians for this,” the judge said.

She then adjourned till Feb. 11, 12 and 13 for definite hearing.

The court registrar then called the next case for hearing and as everyone began to move out of the court premises, some officers of the DSS, numbering about 15, who had laid an ambush for the defendants, started making their way towards Sowore and Bakare.

There was a stampede as the officers cocked their guns scaring people away.

Sowore and Bakare, however resisted being rearrested.

They ran back into the court premises as the action resulted in a commotion.

Justice Ojukwu quickly retired into her chamber.

Sowore, while speaking with the newsmen, said the ploy of the security agency was to kill him.

He said their action had shown that they had no respect for the law, the court and the citizens.

And as at the time of filing this report, Sowore, Bakare and the DSS operatives are still at Court 7 as the action has stopped court proceeding for the day.

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  • I remember vividly during Buhari's tenure as a military dictator, this level of impunity, brutality and callousness is exactly the Hallmark of his infamous regime.

    Sowore has no reason being in detention. What is it he did that Buhari did not do under Obasanjo's government.

    What a polarizing and divisive figure. What an agent of disaffection and commotion.

    What a political pestilence. What a failed government. What a huge mistake.

    What a situation. I take a stroll. Nonsense

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  • Dss boss should be sack and jail for a very very long term in prison! This Northerns Muslims as no resept for our law!

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  • Honestly, I believe that there is something fundamentally wrong with Nigeria as a country. When someone has been legally granted bail, is it right for the same security agency to re-arrest him/her again on the strength of the same allegations?
    I think it is not in the interest of the country's legal and judicial well-being.
    Recently, I also read that Nigerians will need tax returns before they can access their bank accounts!!!
    The idea is generally anti-people because it is widely known that ALL African countries are under-banked and that while other African countries are making genuine efforts to get more people banked, the Nigerian government is making genuine efforts to keep its citizens off the banking system. What an irony?

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