Human Right Lawyer and member of the Legal team of publisher of SaharaReporters, Omoyele Sowore, Abdul Mahmud says the legal team knew beforehand about the rearrest of the #RevolutionNow convener by the Department of State Service (DSS).
He said this in a post on his facebook post, also disclosing that DSS operatives were ordered to shoot.
It would be recalled that Sowore who is the convener of #RevolutionNow was arrested by the operatives of DSS on August 3rd 2019, at about 1:25 am according to a distress tweet he posted just before his phone was confiscated from him.
They are both facing seven counts bordering on conspiracy to commit treasonable felony, money laundering and cybercrimes, amongst others.
But after spending 124 days in DSS custody, they were released on Thursday night, following an order given by Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu who gave the security agency a 24-hour ultimatum to effect the bail order earlier issued.
See his post below…
27 years at the bar. 31 years of involvement in political/human rights struggles in Nigeria. Never seen the type of gangsterism and naked facism displayed by Buhari through his armed dogs, SSS today. Right under nose, barging through me, Femi Falana and Femi Aborisade as we stepped out of the court.
We were simply rushed by armed men, intent to spear us to the ground. We all fell backwards into the court. Guns were cocked. Orders were made to shoot. “Ademola”, who I recognized as leader of the gangsters, kept shouting “shoot, shoot, shoot”. The police sentry at the door of the court hurriedly shut the door against over 30 armed gangsters – all masked – to protect the sanctity of the court.
It was already defiled, as members of Sowore’s party defended their own inside the court and the gangsters struggled to snatch him. In the melee, Her Ladyship, Justice Ojukwu was ferried into her chambers by her security details. That’s your country.
We knew there were plans to re-arrest Sowore and Bakare when contacts whispered to me as I was leaving the court room for another court room to move his human rights application motion that fresh charges are being filed. Falana was already standing to address the court when I returned to him and told him of the plans, which he duly informed the court. Surprisingly, Liman SAN, who leads the prosecution, sidestepped the information because he was in cahoots with the dog-whisperer.
Sowore was eventually taken away – on one condition: that he will taken by his lawyers to the gangsters in his own car. No more. The dogs balked. Come and see the way they left the court- like a scene taken out of the Western.
The nonsense I saw today in court never happened in my years practising as a lawyer under two terrible dictatorship. When I was snatched by the DMI in 1996, they waited outside the High Court Ijebu-Ode and trailed me to the CLO South West Ijebu Ode. I had fair number of brushes with the state; but what I saw today leaves me with two impressions: 1) The dogs are intent on killing Sowore; 2) Dictatorship is here.