Group blasts AGF over Decision to take over Sowore’s Case
Group known as Center for the Rule of Law (CENTROLAW) has said the Attorney General’s decision to take over the prosecution of Omoyele Sowore is simply a cover up.
In a statement signed by the President, Olasupo Ojo, the group said the act was merely to redirect attention and called on President Mohammadu Buhari to immediately dismiss DSS boss.
The Statement reads: “Our attention has been drawn to the decision by the office of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) to take over of the prosecution of Omoyele Sowore from the Department of Security Services (DSS).
“We view the decision as aimed, an attempt to cover up and redirect attention from the horrible folly of the DSS. The decision came hesitantly and weakly too late after the preventable harm has been done. It raised the reasonable question about WHY SHOULD THE DSS PROSECUTE THE CASE IT INVESTIGATED? It also confirms that the AGF failed in his responsibility disallow the DSS to be the complainant, the investigator and the prosecutor of citizen Sowore at the same time in accord with the constitutional principles of fair hearing and the rule of law.
“We hereby call for the immediate dismissal, by General Buhari, of the head of the DSS and all the officers who crudely obeyed and carried out the illegal order to re-arrest a citizen from the court premises while the court was sitting and after the citizen has been ordered by the court to be released on bail. We are convinced they are no longer fit to occupy any public office again. Failure to do this is tantamount to ratification by the presidency of the DSS action.
“Our call for the immediate dismissal of the head of the DSS from his office and position for the unconstitutional breach of the judicial arm of government is the most reasonable action to take in tandem with the precedent already laid by the presidency in the case of the former head of the DSS who was justifiably dismissed from office for invading the legislative arm of government with impunity. Not to do this is to admit governmental weakness and failure.
“We expected the AGF, as the Chief Law Officer of the Federal Government, to have acted faster than he is now trying to do reluctantly. We urge him to also insist on the dismissal of the head of the DSS for the unpardonable breach of the sanctity of the hallowed court of the Judiciary. in case the President fails to dismiss the head of the DSS, we expect the AGF to resign from his office. We view this as the most decent and honourable action for him to take in the circumstance to distance himself from the horrible occurrence.
“The Rule of Law is no respecter of the DSS or anybody whosoever”.
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