Human Rights Lawyer and Social Commentator, Abdul Mahmud has said President Muhammadu Buhari is not interested in trying incarcerated SaharaReporters Publisher, Omoyele Sowore.
Rather Mahmud said he want to stall the trial process and keep him as his trophy.
He said this in a series of tweets on his official twitter handle.
Recall that Sowore was arrested in the early hours of Saturday, August 3, 2019, after announcing his plan to stage a nationwide protest tagged #RevolutionNow.
Sowore was subsequently flown to Abuja where he has been detained.
The refusal of the DSS to release Sowore as ordered by the court, has prompted nationwide outrage and protests at the agency’s headquarters.
The DSS on Tuesday, November 12, assaulted some protesters who were demanding Sowore’s release.
According to Mahmud, who is part of the Sowore legal team, said attempts have been made to commence trial without respect for the procedural rights of the accused persons.
He said, “It sheer folly for anyone to think Sowore’s legal team, comprising 3 SANs- Falana, Fusika & Adegboruwa- and other senior counsels- Mahmud, Ogunye, Aborisade, Yesufu, Yusuf, Kazeem – and 7 other young counsels- don’t understand the law and practice on bail.”
The team ably led by Falana and comprised of activist-lawyers understand what the trial of Sowore is about and the intention of Buhari: to jail two citizens who are considered threats
We discerned in the attempt by the prosecution to arrange a secret trial of Sowore and Bakare. An arrangement Falana scoffed at and forced the judge to address. She washed her hands off it in open court
Attempts have been made to commence trial without respect for the procedural rights of the accused persons. SSS have never allowed access of lead counsel to Sowore and Bakare
How can lawyers defend their clients they’ve no access, to take instructions and prepare their defence?
Witness statements have been hidden from the defence, the piece of video that the SSS claims shows how Sowore attempted to topple Buhari is hidden from the defence.
Sowore’s team doesn’t intend to conduct its defence in the media; but it is important it exposes lies being pushed into the social media space by the tyrant and his paid vuvuzelas.
We’ve scored the first and second victories of securing bail for them, in spite of the impossible conditions imposed by the court. In fact, we selected our sureties from Nigerians who showed willingness
Let me thank that Billionaire Nigerian based in Abuja and his friend, who called me last week and declared interest to stand sureties. Nigerians are kind like them. Though we declined, we say: Thanks
We selected those who would stand the heat of the SSS intimidation tactics.
Next stage is for it to move against the sureties.
Buhari isn’t interested in trying Sowore. All he wants is to stall the trial process and keeps him as his trophy.
Sowore’s team won’t fall for his gimmick.