- DSS Rearrested Sowore on Fresh Charges
The Department of State Service on Friday rearrested RevolutionNow convener, Omoyele Sowore, on fresh charges barely 24 hours after his lawyer, Femi Falana, secured his bail.
According to Falana, who spoke with Channels Television shortly after DSS took Sowore into custody, Sowore was rearrested on fresh charges.
DSS had released Omoyele Sowore, and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare on Thursday after Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu ordered the agency to release them within 24 hours haven’t met their bail conditions.
But on Friday DSS operatives stormed the Federal High Court in Abuja to rearrest Sowore and Bakare in a dramatic fashion, despite presiding Justice and other law experts present objecting the move, saying it was unconstitutional to arrest within the court premises, especially after the case has been adjourned to February 11, 2020.
The DSS refused to back down and launched a full-blown attack on Sowore and his legal council inside the courtroom as seen in a now-viral video.
Nigerians have rejected DSS, a government agency, approach and criticised the agency constant disregard for the rule of law despite rearresting Sowore for the same thing.
JJ Omojuwa, a renown social media commentator and blogger, on his twitter said: “Forget your political affiliation, what happened to Sowore today is an attack on your freedom and dignity as a Nigerian citizen. It should never happen. It is a disgrace on the Nigerian government and it should never be allowed to stand! #FreeSoworeNow.”
Oby Ezekwesili said, “President @MBuhari, the whole world is watching the video of officials of the State Security Service which you directly supervise, brutally violate the constitutional rights of a citizen @YeleSowore inside a court and desecrated our Judiciary- an independent arm of government.
“It is in the interest of @MBuhari that @YeleSowore comes to no form of bodily, mental or emotional harm. As the supervisor of the State Security Service, I demand that the President instructs the DG to immediately comply with the court order. Release Sowore immediately,” she stated on her twitter page.
DJ Neptune said: “A country with no rule of law is as good as done. I guess this is why they want to silence our voice on SM. Man’s gradually losing hope. There has to be more to this Sowore’s arrest today release tomorrow and re-arrest issue.”