The Department of State Services (DSS) on Saturday, December 7, revealed that its operatives did not arrest Omoyele Sowore, convener of the #RevolutionNow movement, in court; claiming that the journalist’s supporters were only acting an “orchestrated drama”.
This was contained in a statement signed by the spokesman of the DSS, Peter Afunanya; who likewise explained none of its officers was involved in the incidents recorded in the courtroom.
On why he was rearrested, the DSS alleged that Sowore resorted to “acts inimical to security”; shortly after being released from its custody.
It also added that only Sowore was rearrested while his co-defendant; Olawale Bakare, was not picked up by its operatives.
The DSS denied the invasion of the Federal High Court in Abuja by its personnel; adding that Sowore was not arrested in court.
It insisted that it was committed to the discharge of its mandate of detecting; and preventing threats against the internal security of the nation.
“It has become important that the Department of State Services responds to the serial misinformation; being circulated in the media about its involvement in the incident; that occurred on 6th December 2019 at the Federal High Court, Abuja,” the statement read.
“It is instructive to note that during the court proceeding of the day under reference, Defence Counsel, Femi Falana (SAN); called the attention of the Judge to a suspicion; that the Service was planning to re-arrest Omoyele Sowore immediately after the court session.
“The Court discountenanced his alarm and asserted; that the Service was law-abiding and would not engage in such and subsequently adjourned to February 2020.
“However, when Sowore stepped out of the court and sighted operatives of the Service within the premises; he ran back into the courtroom.
“In a bid to shield him from an imaginary arrest; his uncontrollable supporters mobbed him while chanting ‘you can’t arrest him’ thus the pandemonium that ensued.
“A critical look at the videos in circulation would convince any objective viewer; that there was no DSS personnel during the entire period the Sowore crowd acted out its orchestrated drama. Its personnel were never, at any time, involved in the incident.”