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Rumble In The Court Over Sowore

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ElevateNews takes a look at the drama that led to the re-arrest of Omoyele Sowore in court on Friday.

The Department of State Service is under the presidency and President Muhammadu Buhari should not feign ignorance of the excesses of this unit.

The operatives of DSS have become a big shame for this country with their actions in the past and the recent in which they invaded the court to arrest or shall we say abduct an applicant, the publisher of Sahara Reporter, an online medium, Mr. Omoyele Sowore.

A few months that President Muhammadu Buhari assumed office, the DSS operatives raided the homes of five judges and towards the close of the eight Senate, the operatives of this department blocked the National Assembly and debarred the lawmakers from gaining access to the chambers.

The arrest of Sowore created a drama with no fewer than 15 operatives of the DSS invading the court, chasing away the judge and forcing the court to hurriedly adjourn other cases indefinitely.

Barely 24 hours before the trial would continue on Friday, the court had issued a 24-hour ultimatum to the DSS to release Sowore from its custody. The DSS complied only to show up just at the end of proceeding in which the judge had adjourned the case till February to re-arrest Sowore.

This issue of contempt of court, disobedience to court order has gone beyond Sowore but the ridicule of the judicial organ of the government.

Successive administrations in this country have always come with different kinds of absurdities. The former Peoples Democratic Party led Government of President Goodluck Jonathan was pushed out of power due to impunity and indiscriminate looting of public funds but the government of President Muhammadu Buhari who rode on the horse of integrity has not done better as it has come with its own absurdity.

The recklessness of the DSS is a sign that President Buhari is either feigning ignorance of the action or has lost his grip on governance. There is a big gully between Nigeria’s democracy and those we have voted to run it for us.

It is one thing to operate a civil government but the question is whether the leader of the government shares the democratic principle. It is obvious that this present administration has no respect for separation of powers and the rule of law.

The National Assembly is a rubber-stamped, the judiciary has lost its independence while the executive speaks with decree to the impairment of the constitution.

As at today, the leader of the Islamic Movement In Nigeria, Shitte, Ibrahim El-Zazaky is still in the custody of DSS, the former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki is still languishing in DSS custody despite court order to release them.

I do want to believe that the DSS is acting out Buhari’s script. The department is watching the body language of the president to deal with those that can challenge this government. But while this is going on, it is not only the victims of this movie that will suffer, democracy also suffers.

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