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Sowore: Atiku expresses outrage over DSS action in court


Former Vice President and presidential candidate of the People’s democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 elections, Atiku Abubakar, has condemned the action of men of the Department of State Services (DSS), who stormed the  Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday to  allegedly re-arrest activist, Omoyele Sowore, describing the action as “a rape on the sanctity of the court”.

Atiku said this in a statement he personally signed on Friday, which was made available to BusinessDay by his Media Adviser, Paul Ibeh.

DSS operatives on Friday reportedly stormed the court to re-arrest Sowore after announcing on Thursday evening that they had released him after spending over 100 days in detention. Sowore was arrested on August 3 in Lagos, following his planned protest over poor economy and insecurity with #RevolutionNow, which the government interpreted as a treasonable felony and an attempt to instigate breakdown of law and order.

Atiku said “today, I am in extreme anguish of spirit having watched the unfortunate drama that played itself out at the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, in which agents of the State caused a commotion in court in order to frustrate a judgment of a court of competent authority.

“Never in the history of Nigerian democracy has a judge been treated in such a disdainful and brazen attack on not just her person and office, but on the entire judiciary. This is unacceptable. It is a rape on the sanctity of the court. Nigeria is not a dictatorship. We are a democracy, no matter how inconvenient this fact is to the powers that have forced themselves on us.”

The Wazirin Adamawa also called for an immediate inquiry to be set up to identify those responsible for the maltreatment meted out to Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu and the desecration of her court, and indeed the Nigerian judiciary, stressing that the culprits must be sanctioned to the highest extent permissible by the nation’s laws.

He further called for all law enforcement agencies in Nigeria to immediately respect not just the court order made by Justice Ojukwu, but the order of any court in Nigeria, on any detainee, be it Omoyele Sowore, Sambo Dasuki or Ibrahim Zakzaky, among others.

“We cannot have a situation where our government is quick to obey foreign court orders and even quicker to disobey domestic court orders. This is symptomatic of a mindset that is servile to foreign powers and brutal to Nigerians.

“Without the rule of law, there can be no rule at all. Power in Nigeria still flows from the people, not from the barrel of a gun. I call on all men and women of goodwill not to keep quiet or sit on the fence at times like this.

“To keep Nigeria a democracy is the paramount duty of all concerned stakeholders. Please speak up against this tyranny and side with the Nigerian people,” he said.