Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has criticized the Department of State Service (DSS); after the convener of #RevolutionNow, Omoyele Sowore and his co-defendant, Adebayo Bakare were forcefully rearrested on Friday, December 6.
Atiku further called the whole fiasco “a rape on the sanctity of the court.”
The DSS had released the duo on Thursday; after a mandate by the court which granted them bail in a treason trial brought against them by the federal government.
This release by the DSS was the sequel to a 24-hour ultimatum issued against it by the trial judge, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu.
However, in a now-viral video, DSS operatives were seen forcefully detaining the activists; while disrupting court proceedings.
This triggered an impassioned statement from Atiku on Friday who said, “This is unacceptable. It is a rape on the sanctity of the court. Nigeria is not a dictatorship. We are a democracy, no matter how inconvenient this fact is to the powers that have forced themselves on us”.
Atiku further called for an investigation into the invasion; in a bid to bring the culprits to book.
In a similar vein, Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka issued a scathing criticism of President Muhammadu Buhari regarding the rearrest of Sowore.
Soyinka stated on Friday that Buhari ought to tame his “wild dogs.”
“Only yesterday, in my commentary on the ongoing Sowore saga; I pointed out the near-perfect similarity between plain crude thuggery and the current rage of court disobedience.
“Little did I suspect that the state children of disobedience; would aspire to the level of the African wild dogs on a pack hunt,” Soyinka said.
The statement continues, “It is so obvious – state disobedience leads eventually to civil disobedience, piecemeal or through a collective withdrawal of recognition of other structures of authority.
That way leads to chaos but – who set it in motion? As is often the case, the state, unquestionably. Such a state bears full responsibility for the ensuing social condition known as anomie.”