There was drama at the Federal High Court in Abuja as about 15 operatives of the Department of State Services rearrested Sahara Reporters publisher, Omoyele Sowore, after the Friday’s proceedings.
Operatives of the DSS invaded the courtroom to effect the arrest. He was rearrested after the close of the Friday’s proceedings which the judge, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu, had adjourned till February 11.
Before the fresh arrest, a stampede occurred as Sowore and his supporters tried to resist the operatives of the DSS numbering about 15.
The development disrupted the proceedings which Justice Ojukwu was conducting after Omoyele Sowore’s case was adjourned. The judge was forced to suspend sitting directing that the rest of the cases on her list for the day should be adjourned.
Omoyele Sowore’s August Arrest
Sowore was arrested in August after he took to social media to urge Nigerians to protest against Buhari’s second presidential term with the hashtag #RevolutionNow. He has been in jail and denied all communication.
The DSS following the arrest of Sowore charged him with treason, “cyberstalking” the president, and money-laundering.
However, on Thursday 5th December Sahara Reporters confirmed his release after Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Abuja Federal High Court delivered a judgment effecting his release. The DSS has also fined in the judgment delivered.
Nigerians have condemned the action of the Department of State Services as its operatives rearrested Omoyele Sowore, at the federal high court, Abuja, on Friday.
Nigerians have aslo tagged the rearrest of Sowore as a disregard for the courtroom and the rule of law. Nigerians have also called this an attack on the freedom of all.
Omoyele Sowore is a Nigerian human rights activist, pro-democracy campaigner, former presidential candidate, and founder of an online news agency Sahara Reporters.
Currently, Sowore’s lawyers have been denied access to him.