The National House of Representatives during its sitting on Tuesday has begun the probe of the Department of State Security (DSS) for allegedly rearresting Omoyele Sowore and disrupting the ongoing court process.
It would be recalled that the Sahara reporter Chief publisher was arrested for trying to stage a protest dubbed ‘RevolutionNow’. The protest poses a threat to a sitting government. Hence, he was charged for treason, money laundering and insult on the President.
Meanwhile, after his arrest, DSS had disobeyed two court orders that Sowore be released. Up until the third order was given with a mandate by Justice Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu on Thursday 5 December. The court had fined DSS to release Sowore within 24 hours and pay a fine of N100,000 for keeping in their custody for no reason.
Interestingly, DSS freed Omoyele Sowore on Thursday, 5, December. However, barely 24 hours after his release, the Department of State Security allegedly barged into the Federal High Court on Friday to forcefully apprehend him again.
Needless to say, that act by the Department of State Security is a breach of a constitutional right. They sent the Justice presiding over the case out of the court, some gentlemen of the press were brutalized in the process.
The matter has been raised by the Minority leader of the house, Ndudi Elumelu. Elumelu described the scene that played out in the courtroom as an abuse of the Judicial arm.
According to him, it looked like one arm of the government trying to fight and overpower another arm of government. If such thing is allowed to continue, it might spell an inexplicable doom on our democracy, he said.