By Andy Chukwu
About 15 operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) caused a mild drama on Friday as they invaded the Federal High Court in Abuja to arrest Omoyele Sowwore, Sahara Reporters Publisher, after the day’s proceeding in the case against him and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare.
Sowore was rearrested after the close of the Friday’s proceedings which the judge, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu, had adjourned till February 11.
However, before he could be arrested a stampede occurred as Sowore and his supporters tried to resist the operatives of the DSS.
The development disrupted the proceedings which Justice Ojukwu was conducting after Sowore’s case was adjourned.
The judge was forced to suspend sitting directing that the rest of the cases on her list for the day should be adjourned.
Sowore, with his supporters, was able to resist the arrest for a while, raising the alarm that the DSS’ moves were an attempt to kill him.
Femi Falana, SAN, Sowore’s lawyer, Falana and the prosecuting counsel, Hassan Liman (SAN), later held with the judge, after which Falana offered to drive his client to the DSS headquarters in Abuja.
The operatives agreed with the arrangement as they drove in vehicles in front and behind Falana’s car while they made their way to the DSS headquarters.
Falana said on reaching the DSS office lawyers in his team had attempted to meet with the #RevolutionNow protest convener in custody but were not allowed.
He said Sowore’s co-defendant, Adebayo Bakare, could be rearrested too.