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Sowore And The Excesses of Malami

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ElevateNews takes a look at the continuous detain of Sowore after the court had ordered his release.

When the cup of the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. Abubakar Malami will be full, we will all be alive to laugh him to scorn.

His shame may just be like that of his predecessor, Michael Andoaka under former President Goodluck Jonathan whose title of Senior Advocate of Nigeria was suspended for six months for professional misconduct.

Malami is steadily turning himself to God by flouting court order arbitrarily. In less than four years, he will leave the office and his records will be audited.

It is clear that he was not happy with the sack of the sacked DirectorGeneral of the Department of State Service, Lawan Daura by the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in his acting capacity as president when Muhammadu Buhari was on medical tour in London.

Daura had ordered the blockage of the National Assembly to prevent the lawmakers from conducting their normal activities. This infuriated Osinbajo who did not only sack Daura but put him in the cell for a few days over this act of self-interest.

Glaringly, Dauda was believed to have acted the script written by Malami. Again, Malami repeatedly queried the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu for refusing to submit to his office those the agency was investigating.

Investigation showed that Malami was bent on removing some people from the EFCC list but Magu denied him access to see the list.

Malami as the Minister of Justice flouted many court orders, including the order to release the Shiite leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and recently the convener of the #RevolutionNow# and Publisher of the Sahara Reporter, Mr. Omoyele Sowore.

A High Court in Abuja has ordered the immediate release of Sowore and he should submit his passport to the court as one of the conditions for the bail.

On Wednesday, Sowore met all the bail conditions, according to his lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN) and was supposed to be released by the DSS on Wednesday night.

Falana was at the headquarters of the DSS in Abuja for hours but the department refused to free his client, Sowore. It was gathered that the minister had refused to instruct the DSS to comply with the court order.

The DSS, however, said that it had not received court order to release Sowore.

Four years is too short, yet too long but it may not be too late now for Malami to change and allow human rights to have a space in Nigeria. Many have expected that somebody like Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola should be the Minister of Justice and Attorney General instead of Malami.

Incidentally, Falana is the lawyer to Vice President Osinbajo and Sowore, a situation Malami will never love. He is taking the issue of Sowore personal. He should allow justice to prevail over sentiment.

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