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Defending The Absurdity of The DSS

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ElevateNews takes a look at the absurdity of the operatives of the DSS over the arrest of Omoyele Sowore.

It is quite unfortunate that a government that rode on the horse of integrity to rule this country is failing in upholding the tenet of democracy.

Democracy is synonymous with freedom so I learnt. But with the drama that happened at the Federal High Court, Abuja in which the operatives of the Department of State Service, DSS had to invade the court to arrest an applicant, democracy is threatened.

The narrative is worsened with the defence of the barbaric act by the government that an accused person can be arrested anywhere, including the court while the judge is still presiding.

Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu, the sitting judge over the trial of the Publisher of the Sahara Reporter, Mr. Omoyele Sowore was still in the court to hear other cases when the DSS operatives stormed the place to arrest Sowore.

She summoned the leader of the DSS operatives to her chamber immediately and asked why her court should be invaded. She also asked the operatives to leave the court premises. The DSS later apologized for this absurdity even when it had denied the allegation in an earlier press statement it released to the public.

In its bid to carry out its obligation and perhaps to satisfy a man, the DSS overstepped its boundaries and become more confused on how to react to an allegation against its operatives.

What a nation? It is ridiculous that the presidency could be defending this act of hooliganism by saying that the DSS has acted because of its personal interest in Sowore. Earlier the DSS said that the video that went viral in which about 15 operatives surrounded Sowore was staged managed.

It stated further that it had to enter the court because Sowore ran into the place, having noticed that the DSS operatives were outside waiting to arrest him.

When asked about the re-arrest of Sowore despite that court had granted in bail and the public uproar that followed it, the Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina said that Nigerians were not bothered about the re-arrest.

He said about 100, 000 Nigerians out of about 198 million were the one making noise and that would not stop the DSS from doing his job.

The United State Government has called on Nigerian Government to respect the rule of law as it kicked against the re-arrest of Sowore. The organizer of the Wole Soyinka Investigative Journalism Award, which had earlier planned to present an award to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo had cancelled it due to the re-arrest of Sowore.

Sowore’s counsel and human right lawyer, Femi Falana had earlier called on the Nigeria Bar Association to punish three prominent lawyers who are members of President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet for not doing enough to protect the integrity of the judiciary.

These are vice president Yemi Osinbajo, the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) and his counterpart for Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN).

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