Sowore: Reps probe court invasion by DSS/

The House of Representatives has directed its committees on National Security and Intelligence and Judiciary and Human Rights to probe the invasion of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, by alleged operatives of the Department of State Security (DSS) last Friday.

This was consequent upon a motion sponsored by Minority Leader, Ndudi Elumelu, on the incidence during Tuesday’s plenary.

Moving the motion, Elumelu observed that the alleged invasion of the courtroom by the DSS to rearrest Convener of #RevolutionNow Movement, Omoyele Sowore and his co-accused, Olawale Bakare was a breach of the existing separation of powers in the constitution.

He stated the need to probe such development has become imperative given a denial by the DSS spokesman, Peter Afunanya that those who invaded the courtroom were not officials of the secret police.

His words: “The House notes  with dismay the exhibition of thuggery, brute force, lawlessness, contempt and disregard for the rule of law by yet to be identified persons within the precinct of the Federal High Court, Abuja on December 6.  Videos emerging in public domain shows these unidentified person trying to bundle Omoleye Sowore and his co-accused Olawale Bakare away from the courtroom with Sowore’s supporters resisting them, which is an abuse of the sanctity of the courtroom.

“Physically assaulting Mr. Omoleye Sowore and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare, by the yet-to-be identified persons inside the courtroom is the highest act of sacrilege against the judicial arm of government and a complete disrespect to the rule of law.  If this action is not properly put to check, the National Assembly may one day be invaded and the relevant security agencies will claim not knowing who the offenders are.”

Citing section 4, 5 and 6 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), the lawmaker noted the action of the DSS which led to the termination of court session by the presiding judge who had to run for safety, was a breach of the independence of three arms of the government.

The House adopted the motion, asking the committees to submit its report within two weeks.


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