Sowore: Direct AG and DSS to Apologize to Nigerians Now – Akponye tells Buhari

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A legal practitioner, Mr. I. F. Akponye, has called on President Mohammadu Buhari to direct the Attorney General of the Federation and Director General of DSS to tender an unreserved Apology to Nigerians for the invasion done at the Federal high court today in the bid to rearrest #RevolutionNow convener, Omoyele Sowore.

In a statement made available to BarristerNG Mr. Akponye further urged the President to Punish All Persons Involved in the invasion.

The statement reads: “It is unjustifiable the invasion of the Federal High Court to rearrest and indeed the violent rearrest of Sowore and Olawale Bakare inside the Court Hall, in the precincts of the Federal High Court.

This is a total disrespect to the sanctity of the Court; an affront to the sanctuary of the most revered sacred institution in this country and any other country, the Judiciary.

“The invasion for arrest is not just an attempt, but a complete act, particularly when these defendants who are already under the jurisdiction of a Court of law, ended up in custody of the DSS from the Court. This is a very dangerous precedent that if left, will drag this country to the abysmal doldrums of incivility, anarchy and chaos.

“The military regime did not do this, they even pampered the judiciary knowing that it is an important institution for effective governance in any society. It is sad the needless brazen insult even in the face of orders of Court.

“This conduct must be met with consequences. The ugly drama that is now all over the world is very unfortunate. What impression does this portray about Nigeria. What impression does it have about a judicial process even for Nigerians irrespective of political affiliation. I call on President Buhari to direct the immediate sack of all the DSS operatives that invaded the Court precincts.

“President Buhari should also direct the Director General, DSS and Attorney General of the Federation to apologize to Nigerians for the unfortunate incident which has nothing to do with the matters they are prosecuting. This is a National embarrassment.

“Section 6 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has vested the power of adjudication upon the judiciary and to carry this out independently, the same Constitution gave the Court the power of sanctions. All those who participated in the barbaric desecration of the hallowed precincts of the Court by carrying out the invasion must be punished and imprisoned for the contempt.

“This recklessness must stop.”

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