Nigerian State Security Service, DSS reportedly stormed the courthouse where RevolutionNow Movement activist Omoyele Sowore was present and violently re-arrested him barely 24 hours after his release.
Omoyele Sowore, who is also a Journalist and activist ran against President Muhammadu Buhari in February’s election. He was first arrested in August and has pleaded not guilty to charges of treason, money laundering and harassing the president. He was finally released on bail after several attempts on Thursday, Dec 5th ahead of a court hearing on Friday.
However, news broke yesterday, December 6th that activist was re-arrested by DSS officials on Friday in court during a hearing. Videos circulating online is an evidence of the fight broke in the court of law and Sowore was forcefully dragged away.
VIDEO: DSS Officer Strangles Sowore, Brandish Guns In Attempt To Rearrest Him pic.twitter.com/hVXfcVVlc5
— Sahara Reporters (@SaharaReporters) December 6, 2019
Nigerians are very upset about the news, with most calling the country a lawless country which could possibly face anarchy.
Oby Ezewesili urges my fellow citizens who are reasonable enough Sowores re-arrest amounts to full aggression against the Judiciary by the Executive arm of President Buhari’s portends an extremely dangerous development. She demands Nigerians stand to defend our hard-won Democracy.
President @MBuhari , the whole world is watching the video of officials of the State Security Service which you directly supervise, brutally violate the constitutional rights of a citizen @YeleSowore inside a court and desecrated our Judiciary- an independent arm of government. https://t.co/OkzyISS7Ae
— Oby Ezekwesili (@obyezeks) December 6, 2019
Sowore’s wife is crying out and is very sad her children wouldn’t see their father this Christmas. As a US Citizen, she is calling the united state for help.
— Seyi. (@SeyiAlaka) December 7, 2019
Nigerian Bar Association Demands Immediate Suspension Of Director-General of Department of State Services (DSS) boss, Yusuf Bichi, over the style used in rearresting Omoyele Sowore in court premises.
“It might be my only word on the record before they kill me; this is an attempt to assassinate me in court”. This was Sowore’s last words before the DSS stormed the court.
— EiE Nigeria (@EiENigeria) December 6, 2019
So far, DSS hasn’t given the reason why the re-arrest the ‘Revolution Now’ activist.
The president of the country Muhammadu Buhari hasn’t reacted to the news yet.