DSS Released, Rearrests Sowore In Court - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Friday, December 6, 2019

DSS Released, Rearrests Sowore In Court


Operatives of the Department of State Security Service (DSS) on Friday rearrested activist journalist, politician and publisher of the Sahara reporters, Omoyele Sowore, at the premises of a Federal High court sitting at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, shortly after releasing him from detention on the order of the court.

There was pandemonium inside the court as about a dozen armed Operatives of the DSS made for Sowore and his co - detainee; Olawale Bakare, in bids to seize them even as crowd of supporters laboured to prevent their rearrest but failed.

For sometimes, the precinct of the court became rowdy; forcing lawyers to leave in disappointment over the alleged uncivil manner Sowore was rearrested - the activist had spent 124 days in detention

Sowore's counsel; Femi Falana, described it as an assault on Omoyele Sowore in court, saying it was ”extremely embarrassing.”

Falana told Channels TV that the DSS has rearrested activist Sowore and detained him on yet - to - be disclosed  fresh charges.

Falana said: “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.

“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 to 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.”

- From Jane Okafor, Abuja

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