‘Justice Slowly Becoming A Thing Of The Past’ – Davido, Banky W, Celebrities Fume Over Sowore’s Re-Arrest

Operatives of the Department of State Services on Friday re-detained founder of the Revolution Now campaign, Omoyele Sowore less than 24 hours after they released him.

Sowore was re-arrested following an earlier futile attempt by DSS operatives to arrest him inside the courtroom of a Federal High Court in Abuja.

He was eventually whisked away at the court premises and taken to the office of the DSS where he is being detained.

Sowore was released on Thursday night after months in DSS detention, following an order by Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court, who gave the security agency a 24-hour ultimatum.

His re-arrest has sparked reactions from many Nigerians including celebrities who took to social media messaging platform, Twitter to express disdain over the

Pop star, David Adeleke popularly known by his fans as Davido lamented that  “Justice slowly becoming a thing of the past in our dear country.” He also tagged another top musician Falz, who father, Femi Falana (SAN) is Sowore’s lawyer. He added that he Senior Advocate is a legend.

 

 

Banky Wellington, a singer and actor in his reaction said Sowore’s re-arrest brings shame to Nigeria’s Democracy.

“This is an absolute disgrace to our country & a blatant abuse of human rights. It doesn’t matter whether you agree with Sowore’s political ambitions or not. This is a new low, even for us,” he said.

Veteran broadcaster Funmi Iyanda was also not silent over the situation she wondered why Sowore has become a threat. He also described the situation as ‘crazier.’

In a satirical reaction, popular comedian Frank Donga described the re-arrest as a kidnap inside a courtroom.

 

 

See tweets of more celebrities below…

 

Six Key Things Femi Falana Said After DSS Re-Arrested Omoyele Sowore

 

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On Friday, men from the Department of State Services re-detained founder of the Revolution Now campaign, Omoyele Sowore less than 24 hours after they released him.

Moments after he was re-detained, Mr. Sowore’s lawyer, Femi Falana, exclusively spoke to Channels Television about the development. Here are five takeaways from what he said.

DSS ‘Disrupted’ Court Proceedings to Arrest Sowore

After his release Thursday evening, Sowore was set to appear in court the next day. He did, accompanied by Mr. Falana and some of his supporters.

The high court in Abuja, presided by Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu, was sitting to ascertain whether the DSS had complied with its order directing the release of Mr. Sowore and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare.

However, after the judge adjourned the case between Sowore and the federal government till February 2020, DSS officials swooped in.

“ . . . the SSS operatives pounced on the court, disrupted proceedings and then attempted to arrest our clients even in the web of the court.”

‘It was extremely embarrassing’

Mr. Falana described the ensuing scenario as “extremely embarrassing.

“It has never happened in Nigeria where you enter a court to arrest anybody, even an alleged coup-plotter. The atmosphere was very rowdy.”

Footages obtained by Channels Television showed Mr. Sowore involved in a scuffle inside the courtroom.

‘No arrest can take place within the court premises’

Faced with the “rowdy” situation, Mr. Falana insisted to DSS officials that they had no right to arrest Sowore within the premises of a court.

“I insisted that the arrest could not be carried out within the precinct of the court,” Mr. Falana said.

A crowd resisted Sowore’s arrest

Footages obtained by Channels Television showed people standing in front of DSS vehicles in order to frustrate their plans to arrest Sowore in 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,” Mr. Falana said.

Why was Sowore arrested?

Apparently, no one knows yet, not even Mr. Falana.

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

What next?

Mr. Falana said he will explore provisions of the law to secure his client’s release.

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

The Whole World Is Watching, Twitter Reacts As DSS Rearrest Sowore

 

The rearrest of Mr Omoyele Sowore, convener of #RevolutionNow movement by operatives of the Department of State Security Services (DSS), has sparked outbursts on twitter.

Sowore was released on Thursday after months in DSS detention, following an order by Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court, who gave the security agency a 24-hour ultimatum.

He was rearrested and whisked away at the court premises and taken to the office of the DSS where he is being detained.

READ ALSO: Sowore’s Rearrest: ‘This Has Never Happened Before’, Falana Slams DSS

Some popular Nigerians on a social media messaging platform, twitter have attacked the security agency and the Federal Government for disrespecting the sanctity of the Judiciary.

Popular activist, Comrade Deji Adeyanju condemned the act and informed that a strategy meeting with other lawyers and activists is ongoing and Nigerians will be updated.

“We are in a meeting strategizing on what next to do on Sowore. We will keep you informed. We cannot continue like this as a nation.
“Nigeria is not a jungle.”

Former Presidential candidates, Fela Durotoye of the Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN) and Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) reacted to the rearrest describing it as a savage act by the DSS operatives.

“This savage act by the DSS operatives just proved to the whole world that the Executive arm of the Federal Government has no respect for the Judiciary and no regard for the rule of law & separation of powers.”

“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.”

The rearrest of Sowore, according to Kayode Ogundamisi, an Anti-Corruption Campaigner is counter-productive and ill-advised.

“Attempts by the DSS to re-arrest @YeleSowore and Bakare in court is counterproductive and ill-advised, it appears all the DSS want is to keep both Sowore and Bakare in perpetuity. @[email protected] & @ProfOsinbajo should listen to wise counsel. Direct he DSS to obey the law.”

Sowore’s rearrest which was caught on camera, drew the attention of many, including Nedu Ekeke of the Bring Back Our Girls Campaign.

“I’m having goosebumps watching that video. OMG! Have you @ProfOsinbajo seen the video of how DSS abducted Sowore in an open court? Before a sitting judge? If @MBuhari is unaware of the implication of that action, are you, dear professor of Law, also unaware?”

Popular social commentator, JJ Omojuwa, said that the treatment of Sowore shows a disregard for the rule of law by the Buhari-led administration.

“This is @MBuhari‘s legacy. When he is out of power, this will rank as the one thing he’d wish never happened. This is a blatant disregard for the rule of law, order & justice. A government shouldn’t take the law in its hands. @ProfOsinbajo this is a shared legacy #FreeSoworeNow”

Other users, including the President of The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Bello Shagari expressed their views on the matter, including an advise for the #RevolutionNow convener, Mr. Sowore.

“I really expected Sowore to have flown back to retreat in New York as soon as he was released. Doing so would not have been cowardly but strategic.”

A twitter user, M. Abba aired a contrary view, asking Mr. Sowore to reap from what he allegedly said about former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2014.

“Jonathan is worst Nigerian leader” ~Sowore 12 July 2014 The same Sowore who backed Buhari in 2015 was detained for more than 100 days without given bail, under Buhari’s admin He was finally released and rearrested in a courtroom under Buhari’s admin Reap what you sow.”

 

DSS Re-Arrests, Detains Sowore

Operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) on Friday morning re-arrested the convener of #RevolutionNow, Omoyele Sowore, and his co-defendant Olawale Bakare.

They are currently being detained at the DSS office in Abuja.

The DSS is yet to disclose the reason for the re-arrest.

Sowore was re-arrested following an earlier attempt by DSS operatives to arrest him inside the courtroom of a Federal High Court in Abuja.

The re-arrest attempt turned rowdy inside the courtroom as Sowore’s supporters, legal team shielded him from the DSS operatives.

 

See video and photos of Sowore struggling with DSS operatives in the courtroom.

After a stand-still that lasted over three hours inside the courtroom, Sowore’s lawyer, Mr Femi Falana insisted that the arrest should be effected outside the court premises.

Mr Falana in a phone conversation told Channels Television that the DSS claimed they wanted to ask Sowore a few questions but ended up detaining him and his co-defendant, Bakare.

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DSS Attempt To Re-Arrest Sowore Inside Courtroom

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His re-arrest comes barely 24 hours after he was released alongside his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare.

They were released at exactly 7:15 pm on Thursday, hours after Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court in Abuja, had expressed displeasure over their continued detention by the agency.

Subsequently, Ojukwu ordered that the defendants be released within the next 24 hours and adjourned the case till Friday, December 6, for a report of compliance.

Sowore, a presidential candidate in the February 2019 elections, was arrested on August 3, just days to a planned protest tagged #revolutionnow against “bad governance” in the country.

Both he and his co-defendant are facing seven counts bordering on conspiracy to commit treasonable felony in breach of Section 516 of the Criminal Code Act, money laundering and cybercrimes, among others.

They pleaded not guilty to the charge and were granted bail on October 4, in the sum of N100m and N50m respectively with two sureties in like sum.

They, however, were not released until yesterday and re-arrested today.

‘They Tried To Break Me In Prison’

Mr Sowore earlier on Friday before his re-arrest told Channels Television that the Department of State Service (DSS) has threatened to kill him.

He claimed that the DSS had told him that he will not walk out of their detention alive.

“It might be my only word on the record before they kill me; this is an attempt to assassinate me in court. They came with guns and they tried to shoot and they dragged me down in front of a judge after I have been granted bail.

“I said it that these are a bunch of lawless people and they were reluctant to respect the order of the court. Now they have shown it to the whole world.

“They tried to break me in prison, sent delegations to me, offering all kinds of things and I refused and they promised that I will not walk out of their detention alive and that is what they have come to implement today,” Sowore said.

Watch the video below…

 

 ‘This Has Never Happened Before In Nigeria’

Lead Counsel and human rights lawyer, Femi Falana in reaction to Sowore’s re-arrest described the situation as extremely embarrassing “because it has never happened in Nigeria where you enter a court to arrest anybody, even an alleged coup plotter.”

Falana in a phone conversation with Channels TV expressed dismay at the actions of the DSS attempting to arrest his client inside the courtroom.

He also narrated the build-up to Sowore and Bakare’s rearrest.

Watch video below…

Sowore’s Rearrest: ‘This Has Never Happened Before’, Falana Slams DSS

 

Lead Counsel and human rights lawyer, Femi Falana has criticised the Department of State Security Services (DSS) for rearresting his clients, Mr. Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare at a Federal High Court in Abuja, barely 24 hours after their release from DSS custody.

Mr. Sowore and his co-accused, Mr. Bakare, were released on Thursday night, following an order given by Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu who gave the security agency a 24-hour ultimatum to effect the bail order earlier issued.

Mr. Falana who spoke to Channels Television on Friday stressed that the DSS had said they were inviting the duo for questioning at their office to answer a few questions on fresh charges, but are yet to disclose what they are.

“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.

RELATED: VIDEO: Sowore Accuses DSS Of Trying To Assassinate Him

He also narrated the build-up to Sowore and Bakare’s rearrest, expressing dismay at the actions of the DSS.

“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.”

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.

PHOTOS: Moment Sowore Was Whisked Away From Court

Operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) on Friday morning re-arrested the convener of #RevolutionNow, Omoyele Sowore, and his co-defendant Olawale Bakare.

They are currently being detained at the DSS office in Abuja.

The DSS is yet to disclose the reason for the re-arrest.

Sowore was re-arrested following an earlier attempt by DSS operatives to arrest him inside the courtroom of a Federal High Court in Abuja.

See photos of his re-arrest below…

DSS Attempt To Re-Arrest Sowore Inside Courtroom

Operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) on Friday morning attempted to re-arrest convener of #RevolutionNow, Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare inside the courtroom of a Federal High Court in Abuja.

The situation turned rowdy as Sowore’s supporters shielded him from the DSS operatives.

Channels TV judiciary correspondent who was also inside the courtroom was hit during the fracas.

“The police people and DSS just hit me because I was trying to take a shot of them dragging Sowore,” she said.

Attempt to re-arrest Sowore comes barely 24 hours after his release.

Sowore and Bakare were released at exactly 7:15 pm on Thursday, hours after Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court in Abuja expressed displeasure over their continued detention by the agency.

Subsequently, Ojukwu ordered that the defendants be released within the next 24 hours and adjourned the case till Friday, December 6, for a report of compliance.

Sowore, a presidential candidate in the February 2019 elections, was arrested on August 3, just days to a planned protest tagged #revolutionnow against “bad governance” in the country.

Both he and his co-defendant are facing seven counts bordering on conspiracy to commit treasonable felony in breach of Section 516 of the Criminal Code Act, money laundering and cybercrimes, among others.

They pleaded not guilty to the charge and were granted bail on October 4, in the sum of N100m and N50m respectively with two sureties in like sum.

They, however, were not released until yesterday.

VIDEO: Sowore Accuses DSS Of Trying To Assassinate Him

 

Convener of the #revolutionnow movement, Mr. Omoyele Sowore, has alleged that the Department of State Service (DSS) has threatened to kill him after his release on Thursday night.

Mr. Sowore and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare, were released when Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court in Abuja, gave an order at the scheduled commencement of the defendants’ trial on charges of treasonable felony.

The drama in court today started when operatives of DSS tried to rearrest Mr. Sowore and Mr. Bakare in front of Justice Ojukwu.

Mr. Sowore, in an interview with Channels TV correspondent, said that the DSS had allegedly told him that he will not walk out of their detention alive.

“It might be my only word on the record before they kill me; this is an attempt to assassinate me in court. They came with guns and they tried to shoot and they dragged me down in front of a judge after I have been granted bail.

“I said it that these are a bunch of lawless people and they were reluctant to respect the order of the court. Now they have shown it to the whole world.

“They tried to break me in prison, sent delegations to me, offering all kinds of things and I refused and they promised that I will not walk out of their detention alive and that is what they have come to implement today.”

However, the DSS is yet to deny or counter the allegations made by Mr Sowore.

RELATED: DSS Attempt To Re-Arrest Sowore Inside Courtroom

The #RevolutionNow convener urged Nigerians not to be afraid and some people have to make the sacrifice for the Country to work.

“What is important for Nigerians to know is that I am not going to give up until every Nigerian benefit from a country that is theirs and I have made it very clear.

“Nobody in Nigeria should be afraid, it is our country and some people have to make the sacrifice for this country to be a country of rule, law and of dignity; and this also involves even judges, if suspects who have been given bail are not safe in court, the judges themselves are not safe.”

He explained that the sudden exit of justice Ojukwu is due to the manner at which the DSS operatives had caused a scene inside the courtroom.

“That is why the judge had to retire hurriedly into her chambers.

“We urge you to hang around so that you can witness this historic day in Nigeria.”

Sowore, a presidential candidate in the February 2019 elections, was arrested on August 3, just days to a planned protest against “bad governance” in the country.

Both he and his co-defendant are facing seven counts bordering on conspiracy to commit treasonable felony in breach of Section 516 of the Criminal Code Act, money laundering and cybercrimes, amongst others.

They pleaded not guilty to the charge and were granted bail on October 4, in the sum of N100m and N50m respectively with two sureties in like sum.

They, however, were not released until yesterday.

Court Orders DSS To Release Sowore, Bakare Within 24 Hours

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A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the Department of State Service (DSS) to release Mr. Omoyele Sowore, and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare, within the next 24hours. 

Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu gave the order at the scheduled commencement of the defendants’ trial on charges of treasonable felony.

According to Justice Ojukwu, the DSS had no justifiable reason to continue to hold the defendants in custody, after she signed the warrants for the release of the defendants from custody.

The prosecuting counsel, Hassan Liman (SAN), had insisted that the DSS did not refuse to comply with the order of the court.

He insisted that no order of the court has been violated, adding that none will be violated.

READ ALSO: ‘Sowore Is Not Miyetti Allah’, FG Is Treating Judiciary With Disdain

According to him, the prosecution don’t even want the defendants in their custody.

The trial judge Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu asked him why have they not been released, a question which left him tongue-tied.

She insisted that she signed the bail order and she does not understand why it has not been complied with.

Justice Ojukwu said the matter will not continue, adding that since today’s matter is adjourned at their instance she will award a cost of 100000 against the prosecution.

“The failure of the prosecution to carry out the order of the court to serve the defence and in view if this adjournment is at the instance of the prosecution and in view of section 396 of ACJA, I will award the cost of 100,000 against the prosecution and in view of the refusal of the prosecution to release the defendant this court will give the prosecution the next 24 hours to comply with the order of court,” She said.

Justice Ojukwu insisted that the law cannot change for anybody and all must respect the law.

The case has been adjourned to the 6th of December for a report on the court’s order.

‘Sowore Is Not Miyetti Allah’, FG Is Treating Judiciary With Disdain – Soyinka

 

 

Prof. Wole Soyinka has said that the Federal Government’s continued disobedience to court rulings especially with regards to the case of Mr. Omoyele Sowore, the publisher of Sahara Reporters, is an act of disrespect to the Judiciary. 

The Nobel Laureate said the nation continues to undergo the chagrin of having the rug pulled from under her feet while waiting on the long queue for judicial redress against the strong-arm culture of the state, as well as unlisted power interests.

In the case of Sowore who was arrested for calling for revolution to protest against bad governance via his #RevolutionNow# movement,  Soyinka asked: “Is Sowore Miyetti Allah?”

He further stated that “As for those agencies that actually think to inhibit social revolution by fastening on the alarmist association of the word ‘revolution’, half the citizens of this nation should be in permanent detention. From pulpit to the minaret, from clinic to fish market, from student club to motor park, the wish for a drastic transformation of this nation is staple discourse.”

Soyinka also stated that the degree of cynicism in the conduct of State Security agencies in the present administration has attained a level of consistency that is surpassed by only one other previous government.

The playwright and critic in a statement titled, ‘Between thuggery and state disobedience’, said it is sad that not only have the State Security agencies refused to obey a court order to release the suspect after fulfilling his bail conditions, but they have also manufactured one childish pretext after another, including a claim that no one has shown up to receive the detainee.

He condemned the arrest and continued detention of the human rights activist under what he described as the often specious alibi labeled “national security”.

Soyinka said much of the judiciary across the continent remains constantly under siege, adding that Nigeria is no exception.

Below is the state as published by the Nobel Laureate.

READ ALSO: Court Threatens To Jail DSS Boss Over Sowore’s Continued Detention

 Between THUGGERY and STATE DISOBEDIENCE

I have no hesitation in admitting that I have a  personal, formative interest in the health of the Nigerian judiciary, deeper perhaps than the average Nigerian. At a critical junction in the life of this writer, a judge resolved to give primacy to the call of conscience, affirm his professional integrity and defend the supremacy of law in defiance of state interference.

He refused to bow to external pressure in adjudicating a case whose conclusion, had this accused been found guilty as charged, would have been life imprisonment. That individual, the late Justice Kayode Eso, has narrated the event in his autobiography – The Mystery Gunman with his noted wit and judicial poise.

The Deputy Premier of the then Western region of Nigeria had summoned the judge to his residence, lectured him on his duty to protect the interests of the government against the accused. Justice Kayode listened politely, re-affirmed his commitment to the rule of law, and took his leave.

It would be most surprising if my own brush with the law has not crossed my mind since the predicament of Omoyele Sowole, journalist and former presidential candidate began.

The Nigerian judiciary was not thereby, nor is today a model of perfection.

Nonetheless, exemplars such as Justice Esho have succeeded in creating, in some of us, an exceptional respect for the Bench, instilled a conviction that the law, despite its lapses, demands respect, autonomy, and obedience.

Much of the judiciary across the continent remains constantly under siege – Nigeria is no exception. Needless to say, it often strikes me that the “learned brotherhood” could do more to protect, and assert itself. Apart from the obvious and numerous scandals of moral deficit that require constant internal purgation, there are instances where it does fail to protect itself even from putative and/or illegal power.

Take the assassination of the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General, Bola Ige on his way to a UN appointment. The presiding judge on that case cried out against unseemly interference from “ least expected quarters”.

He kept a diary of coded names and times, two pages of which came into my possession. His cries petered out in the void. Justice Abass, feeling vulnerable and isolated, bowed out of the case. The judiciary lamely acquiesced, certainly with a huge sigh of relief in some sectors. A robust opportunity lost to burnish the image of the law. I was left aghast.

From tragedy to slapstick tragi-comedy – let us pull up an eye-witness account from the Nigerian PM News of Thursday, September 2014:

Temperamental Ekiti state Governor-elect, Ayodele Fayose, slapped a court judge today for being rude to him and then ordered his thugs to beat him further.

The action of Fayose and his thugs triggered some pandemonium in the court, with judicial workers and others running into safety. The sitting of the Ekiti State Governorship Election petition Tribunal could also not hold.

Immediately, thugs numbering about 20 pounced on Justice Adeyeye, beat him up and tore his clothes, while his co-workers scampered and shouted for help.

Following the development, judicial workers hurriedly shut down the court premises thereby preventing any court proceeding for hours before the police fired tear gas canisters to disperse the hoodlums.

For a week, two weeks, then forever, `I waited to see what would be the response of the judiciary. There came none. Naively, I thought, surely, this institution will rise and defend its very existence through some form of action, even if merely symbolic. Not a squeak. Not even after that governor left office and thereby lost his immunity. What to me appeared to be the collapse, not just of a pillar, but of the edifice of human culture, appeared to be no more than a blip on the judicial template.

There are of course more effective ways of degrading a judiciary than merely brutalizing a judge, and leaving his judicial robes in tatters. One of the most effective, increasingly optimized in Nigeria, is simply by not only ignoring, but treating its orders with disdain, encouraging its agencies to trot out cynical excuses for disobedience while laughing all the way to the citadel of power.

In that regard, there does appear to be an undeclared contest among succeeding governments, intensified since the return of the nation to a civilian government in 1999 for placement in the Guinness Book of Records as the most notorious Scofflaw in the field of democratic pretensions. Or could it be an anticipation of a proposal I made at the Athens Democracy Forum some months ago, calling for an annual award – such as an Order of Demerit – for such an achiever?

Perhaps we have finally attained maximum saturation, and there is no need for any further record keeping. It is extremely difficult to imagine a further lowering of the bar of disdain for the law than we have witnessed under the present regime. The degree of cynicism in the conduct of State Security agencies has attained a level of consistency that is surpassed by only one other previous government – but it is a close call. Not only does the security agency refuse to obey a court order to release a suspect after fulfilling his bail conditions, but that agency also manufactures one childish pretext after another, including a claim that no one has shown up to receive the detainee.

“His sureties have yet to show up to collect him”, declared the DSS, prime candidate for a special featuring in my “Interventions” series, periodically dedicated to the theme of The Republic of Liars. Are we speaking here of a full-grown adult, a journalist and former presidential aspirant, or an overnight bag awaiting the rightful claimant in a LOST AND FOUND department?

The nation continues to undergo the chagrin of having the rug pulled from under her feet while waiting on the long queue for judicial redress against the strong-arm culture of state, as well as unlisted power interests.

For instance, Lagos state, the former capital, and still the acknowledged commercial capital of the nation, once found herself denied statutory allocation for several years, despite repeated court declarations that such withholding by the central government was unconstitutional and should be remedied forthwith.

That president took sadistic pleasure in simply playing deaf. It took his successor to end the abuse and restore the full entitlements of that state, disobedience that went beyond mere churlishness but affected the development and welfare of the indigenes of that state. And so on, and on, waiting in vain for that day when the Rule of Law becomes commonplace, and its benefice is not doled out by the drop to famished mendicants.

So, finally, what do thuggery and court disobedience have in common?Everything! They are both Scofflaw manifestations. Unilateral declarations of Supra-Law delusions.

One is simply a more structured, more hypocritical version of the other. One knows itself for what it is, while the other tries to camouflage its abnormality under a higher purpose, the more elastic the better . Such is that often specious alibi labeled “national security”.

Is Sowore Myetti Allah? As for those agencies that actually think to inhibit social revolution by fastening on the alarmist association of the word ‘revolution’, half the citizens of this nation should be in permanent detention. From pulpit to the minaret, from clinic to fish market, from student club to motor park, the wish for a drastic transformation of this nation is staple discourse.

Perhaps we should begin with its application to that institution whose decisions affect both society and individuals with such finality, for good or ill – the judiciary.

Obey Nigerian Courts Like You Obey British Courts, Falana Tells FG

 

 

A human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana has asked the Federal Government to start complying with Nigerian Court injunctions the same way it heeds the ruling of foreign courts. 

Mr. Falana a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), accused the Federal Government of disobeying valid court orders in Nigeria while it complies with orders from Britain.

A British commercial court had ordered a deposit of $200m dollars while granting a stay of execution for a $9.6 billion dollar judgement awarded against Nigeria in favour of Process & Industrial Development (P&ID) limited.

READ ALSO: Sowore: SERAP Petitions African Commission Over ‘Harassment Of Sureties, Falana’

In line with the ruling, the country’s Attorney General, Abubakar Malami confirmed on Thursday that a $200 million bond deposit was made following the approval by President Muhammadu Buhari.

In a letter to the AGF on Sunday, Mr. Falana said the Federal Government did not give any pre-condition before obeying the court of its “former colonial master” as it does at home.

He, therefore, asked the federal government to comply with court orders and release Mr Omoyele Sowore, convener of the #revolution-now movement.

According to him, if the AGF fails to accede to his request, he will be left with no option than to pursue the contempt proceedings which have been initiated against the director-general of the DSS, Mr. Yusuf Bichi, as well as report the AGF and the prosecutor to the Nigeria Bar Association and the legal practitioners privileges committee for encouraging the State Security Service to treat orders of Nigerian courts with disdain while obeying the orders of British courts.

Court Threatens To Jail DSS Boss Over Sowore’s Continued Detention

Convener of #RevolutionNow Protest, Mr Omoyele Sowore, at the Federal High Court in Abuja on September 30, 2019. Photo: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has threatened to jail the Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Yusuf Bichi, over the continued detention of the convener of the #revolutionnow movement, and his co-accused Olawale Bakare.

Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu gave the warning on Monday after previously issuing a “notice of consequences of disobedience of court order,” on the DSS.

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The court warned that unless the DSS director general obeyed the order of the Federal High Court ordering him to release the defendants, he would be guilty of contempt of court and will be liable to be committed to prison.

Sowore was arrested on August 3, 2019 for planning a protest which gained public attention under the hashtag #revolutionnow and has been in detention since then.

Although they had been granted bail twice, both Sowore and Bakare have still not been released by the DSS, which insists that Sowore would only be released to his sureties.

Meanwhile, Sowore has also filed a suit against the agency demanding N500 million for illegally detaining him and violating his fundamental human rights.