Men of the Department of State Services (DSS) on Tuesday fired gunshots and used pepper spray to disperse protesters. The protesters had gathered around their headquarters to demand the release of the convener of RevolutionNow protest, Omoyele Sowore.
They were carrying several placards. According to eyewitnesses, they were rounding up their sit out when the incident occurred.
It was reported that the incident happened when convener of the protest, Deji Adeyanju was addressing the media on the reason behind the protest. Some of the operatives with masks arrived at the scene and chased them away.
Seeing that some of the protesters had defied the disperse order, an operative pulled out his service pistol and shot several rounds into the air. Pepper spray was used by another DSS official to force those seated to flee.
This made some of the protesters left behind their placards, pairs of shoes and some personal effects.
The issue surrounding the trial of Sowore, who is a human right activist has been a talking point.
Sowore, a media owner had been granted bail by the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court alongside fellow comrade, Olawale Bakare. They have also met their bail condition of N100m and a surety of a resident of Abuja.
DSS had acknowledged the receipt of the court’s warrants for their release served on its headquarters in Abuja on Thursday. But the security agency, however, refused to release the duo claiming there was no lawyer to receive them.
His lawyer, Femi Falana had however dismissed the claim. The human right lawyer said DSS deliberately withheld Sowore to his lawyers- Stanley Imhanruor, Effiong Inihebe and Marshal Abubakar who waited in vain for not less than four hours at the DSS headquarters in Abuja on Thursday.
Human right activists stormed DSS headquarters on Saturday to receive Sowore and it was the same outcome.
Falana had also raised an alarm that the Federal Government is planning to raise fresh charges against him.