DSS Re-arrested Sowore Over Fresh Charges– Femi Falana

Counsel to Omoyele Sowore, Femi Falana, SAN, has said his client and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare may have been re-arrested over fresh charges.

He however said the Department of State Services, DSS, was yet to make known the charges to his client and himself.

Recall that Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu had on Thursday given the DSS 24 hours to release the duo who have been on detention since August.

The security agency in compliance with the order released Sowore and Bakare in the evening of Thursday only to re-arrest them on Friday morning after Justice Ojukwu adjourned their hearing in their case to February 2020.

Both are standing trial for treasonable felony and insulting President Muhammadu Buhari.

Speaking to Channels Television during its afternoon news programme, Falana explained events of the day thus: “This morning, the SSS lawyers and the lawyers of the Attorney-General reported to the court that the order of the court had been complied with and I confirmed because our clients were released last night.

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“As soon as the court adjourned the matter to February next year, the SSS operatives pounced on the court, disrupted proceeding and then attempted to arrest our clients even in the web of the court, that was extremely embarrassing because it has never happened in Nigeria where you enter a court to arrest anybody, even an alleged coup plotter.

“The atmosphere was very rowdy, but I insisted that the arrest could not be carried out within the precinct of the court.

“He was going to be arrested outside the premises but there was a crowd that resisted the arrest, but I appealed to everybody and asked Sowore to jump into my car and so we drove to the office of the SSS because they said he will just answer a few questions, but now he is being detained.

“We are going to take steps under the law by asking for his release again since they are claiming this is a fresh arrest.

“Nobody has disclosed yet what his charges are; he couldn’t have committed any other offence because he has been detained for the past four months unless the SSS wants to tell the whole world that he committed this fresh offence while in their custody.”

Sowore, the convener of #RevolutionNow was initially arrested on August 3 for calling for a “revolution protest” across the country against what it termed “bad governance.”