Nigeria witnessed a spectacle after the convener of the RevolutionNow, Omoyele Sowore, was re-arrested at courtroom by the Department of State Service (DSS), on Friday 6th December, 2019.
Sowore after spending 125 days in the DSS custody was released on, December 5th, after the Federal High Court in Abuja ordered his release for the third time.
Sowore was arrested and charged to court by the Nigerian government for planning a nationwide protest tagged #RevolutionNow.
Justice Ojukwu had called for a meeting in her chambers with counsel to Sowore, Femi Falana and Hassan Liman, the prosecuting counsel.
Ojukwu however, adjourned for further hearing to February 2020, but the DSS was not having it.
This led to a full-blown pandemonium in the courtroom. The DSS tried to arrest him again, despite bail but his aides would not it
Femi Falana described the situation as “horrendous, bizarre, and barbaric contempt of court” never witnessed under “even the most brutal of past dictators that had ever ruled Nigeria”.
He added, “Under the military regime, the so-called enemies of the government would not be arrested in the web of the court which is considered a sanctuary”.
“The military regimes would always show some respect for the court and would only arrest after the person left the court premises”.
“What we have witnessed today is alien to Nigeria.”
While Sowore and his co-defendant, Adebayo Bakare, who is also undergoing trial for treasonable felony tried to exit the courtroom, about 15 DSS operatives ambushed them with guns.
The move forced Sowore and Bakare to turn back to return to the courtroom, but Sowore was quickly held by an operative.
Sowore who managed to free himself ran back, but the DSS chased after him with guns.
Amid the disagreement, Justice Ojukwu had a meeting with Falana and Liman.
Liman criticized the actions of the DSS and then they agreed that Falana drove Sowore himself to the DSS headquarters in Abuja.
The DSS drove in front and behind Falana’s car while they made their way to the DSS headquarters.
Falana said that on arriving to the DSS office, Sowore was detained again and he was not allowed to meet with him.
This shows a gross disregard for due protocol and even human rights, as this action in itself, is against the Nigerian law