How Sowore, Bakare were re-arrested – Femi Falana

Sowore: Shielded in court by his supporters as DSS operatives attempt to re-arrest him in courtroom.

Femi Falana, Senior Advocate of Nigeria and lawyer has narrated the build-up to Sowore and Bakare’s rearrest by the DSS at a Federal High Court in Abuja, barely 24 hours after their release from DSS custody.

Falana who is the lawyer to activists, Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare said: “This morning, the SSS lawyers and the lawyers of the Attorney-General reported to the court that the order of the court had been complied with and I confirmed because our clients were released last night.

“As soon as the court adjourned the matter till February next year, the SSS operatives pounced on the court, disrupted proceeding and then attempted to arrest our clients even in the web of the court, that was extremely embarrassing because it has never happened in Nigeria where you enter a court to arrest anybody, even an alleged coup plotter.

“The atmosphere was very rowdy, but I insisted that the arrest could not be carried out within the precinct of the court.

“He was going to be arrested outside the premises but there was a crowd that resisted the arrest, but I appealed to everybody and asked Sowore to jump into my car and so we drove to the office of the SSS because they said he will just answer a few questions, but now he is being detained.

“We are going to take steps under the law by asking for his release again since they are claiming this is a fresh arrest.

“Nobody has disclosed yet what his charges are; he couldn’t have committed any other offence because he has been detained for the past four months unless the SSS wants to tell the whole world that he committed this fresh offence while in their custody,” he stressed.

Mr. Sowore and Mr Bakare who were released at about 7:15 pm on Thursday are facing seven counts bordering on conspiracy to commit treasonable felony, money laundering and cybercrimes, amongst others.

They were arrested on August 3, days before a planned #RevolutionNow protest against “bad governance” in the country.

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  • Every idiot thinks you can just jump on the street to cause civil disobedience in the name of democracy?, y'all must be nuts. If you commit treasonable felony, you go to jail like Wole Soyinka did. It is simple.
    All those who think it's business as usual, be ready to go to jail or get civilized.

  • I say!! keep them in custody.What kind of #RevolutionNow were they demanding? Nonsense! Sowore and his sidekick Bakare are not saints. Positives things are happening in Nigeria. The present government is fighting corruption that's been a clog in the wheels of Nigeria's progress since Independence. Corruption didn't start with Buhari/Osinbajo,they need our supports,all hands must be on deck to fight corruption. Just yesterday an Ex- governor, Orji Kanu,a senator, a member of the ruling government was sentenced to prison. One step after another.Nigerians must be patient with this government. I believe,i am hopeful that this government is up to something good for Nigerians.