- DSS faults media reports alleging that its officers arrested Omoyele Sowore in the Federal High Court in Abuja
- Peter Afunanya, the spokesperson for the DSS accuses Sowore’s supporters of acting an orchestrated drama in the court
- Afunanya says the journalist was mobbed by his supporters and not by the DSS
The Department of State Services (DSS) has denied reports that its officers arrested journalist, Omoyele Sowore, in the Federal High Court, Abuja on Friday, December 6.
The secret police in a statement on Saturday, December 7, by its spokesperson, Peter Afunanya, claimed that the journalist’s supporters were only acting an orchestrated drama, The Cable reports.
The DSS said it had to make the clarification following misinformation in the media which claimed officers of the service entered the court to arrest Sowore.
“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," the DSS said.
“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."
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The secret police said a look at the video of the incident which is in circulation would show that no DSS personnel was in court during the entire time Sowore was surrounded by a crowd.
Meanwhile, a presidential aide, Lauretta Onochie, has accused Omoyele Sowore of staging the commotion that occurred at the Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday, December 6, in order to give the Department for State Security (DSS) bad name.
Onochie made the accusation on Saturday, December 7, in reaction to the widespread condemnation that trailed the re-arrest of the activist in court by the DSS.
She said Sowore was pinned down by his supporters in the courtroom in order to give DSS a bad name.
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