Sowore: Reps investigate DSS’ invasion of High Court

The House of Representatives has ordered an investigation into recent invasion of the Federal High Court in Abuja, by men alleged to be personnel of the Department of State Services (DSS), in a bid to re-arrest convener of the #RevolutionNow movement, Mr. Omoleye Sowore.

Video of the December 6, 2019 incident had remained viral on the social media, with the unidentified men in plain clothes attempting to bundle Sowore and his his co-accused, Olawole Bakare, out of the courtroom.

The House in a resolution on Tuesday mandated its joint committee on National Security and Intelligence, Judiciary, and Human Rights to carry out investigation into the ugly development, and report back its findings within two weeks.

The resolution was sequel to a motion moved under matters of urgent public importance by the Minority Leader, Hon. Ndudi Elumelu, who described the act as an “exhibition of thuggery, brute force, lawlessness, contempt and disregard for the rule of law”.

According to the lawmaker, it was worrisome that while civil society groups insisted that the hooded men were personnel of the DSS, the agency through its spokesman, Peter Afunaya denied the involvement of its men in the incident.

“The actions of these unidentified persons disrupted judicial proceedings on the 6th day of December 2019, and made the presiding judge to abandon her duty post because of safety concerns . This is a complete desecration of the temple of justice, and such an action should be completely discouraged”, Elumelu said.

He further noted that the physical assault of the two accused in a court by the hooded men “is the highest act of sacrilege against the judicial arm of government and a complete disrespect to the rule of law.” 

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