BREAKING: DSS attempts to re-arrest Omoyele Sowore in court

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Operatives of the Department of State Services on Friday morning attempted to rearrest Omoyele Sowore in court, hours after he was released from detention on Thursday evening, his publication, Sahara Reporters said.

The report said the DSS operatives disrupted the ongoing trial of activists Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare and chased away the presiding judge, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu while also brutalizing a journalist with a popular television station. 

“There is currently an ongoing standoff inside the court premises as the DSS operatives are refusing to allow Sowore and his lawyers come out of the place,” the report said.

Scene of chaos in court

Sowore was released by the State Security Service (SSS) on Thursday night less than 24 hours after a judge issued an ultimatum to release him and pay a fine of $276.

He first met his bail on November 6 but he was not released.

Femi Falana, lawyer to Sowore, who confirmed his release told local newspapers that the SSS also paid N100,000 fine to Mr Sowore as ordered by the judge.

Late November Amnesty International designated human rights defenders Omoyele Sowore, Olawale Bakare and Agba Jalingo as prisoners of conscience.

“We consider Sowore, Jalingo and Bakare to be prisoners of conscience detained solely for exercising their human rights. The Nigerian authorities must drop all charges against them and release them immediately and unconditionally,” said Seun Bakare, Programs Manager, Amnesty International Nigeria.

“Sowore, Jalingo and Bakare’s continued detention is a matter of shame for Nigeria. Their cases show just how far the authorities in Nigeria can go to silence their critics. The government of President Muhammadu Buhari needs to stop filing bogus and politically motivated charges against critics, and start listening to what they have to say.”

Mid-November the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalist also called for his release.

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