Sowore: Falana condemns re-arrest of activist

Sowore: Falana condemns re-arrest of activist

- A human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, discloses that his legal team is taking steps within the law to secure the release of Sowore and Bakare again after both men were slammed with fresh charges by the DSS

- Falana says operatives of the secret police detained his clients under the pretext of inviting them for questioning at their office

- The lawyer notes that Sowore couldn’t have committed any other offence because he has been detained for the past four months

A human rights lawyer, Femi Falana has condemned the re-arrest of his clients, Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare by the Department of State Services (DSS) at a Federal High Court in Abuja, barely 24 hours after their release from custody.

Falana told Channels TV on Friday, December 6, that his legal team is already taking steps within the law to secure the release of Sowore, and Bakare again since the DSS was claiming that both men were arrested on fresh charges.

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The human rights lawyer faulted the manner his clients were arrested, noting that the service detained his clients under the pretext of inviting the duo for questioning at their office.

The atmosphere was very rowdy, but I insisted that the arrest could not be carried out within the precinct of the court. He was going to be arrested outside the premises but there was a crowd that resisted the arrest, but I appealed to everybody and asked Sowore to jump into my car and so we drove to the office of the SSS because they said he will just answer a few questions, but now he is being detained,” Falana said.

The lawyer said Sowore couldn’t have committed any other offence because he has been detained for the past four months.

He said unless the DSS wants to tell the whole world that the journalists committed a fresh offence while in their custody.

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Falana stated that the way the DSS went about the arrest was embarrassing, saying such an occurrence had never happened before.

“This morning, the SSS lawyers and the lawyers of the Attorney-General reported to the court that the order of the court had been complied with and I confirmed because our clients were released last night," the lawyer said.

“As soon as the court adjourned the matter to February next year, the SSS operatives pounced on the court, disrupted proceeding and then attempted to arrest our clients even in the web of the court, that was extremely embarrassing because it has never happened in Nigeria where you enter a court to arrest anybody, even an alleged coup plotter.”

Meanwhile, the member representing Egbeda federal constituency in the House of Representatives, Honourable Akin Alabi, reacted to the rearrest of Omoyele Sowore on Friday, December 6 in a tweet.

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Sowore is the convener of #RevolutionNow, a social action movement in Nigeria and the publisher of an online newspaper.

After spending 124 days in detention, Sowore regained his freedom on Thursday, December 5, after the Federal High Court in Abuja ordered his release for the third time.

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