Video: We have fought military dictators and defeated all of them – Femi Falana blast Nigerian government over Sowore’s rearrest


Femi Falana has slammed the Nigerian government over the rearrest of Sahara Reporters publisher, Omoyele Sowore, at the Federal High Court in Abuja yesterday December 6.

Mr Falana, who described the court invasion and the rearrest of Sowore in court as ”extremely embarrassing,” said ”this is the first time an arrest is being effected in a courtroom in the country.”

According to the Senior Advocate of Nigeria, he suspected the Department of State Services (DSS) was up to something after he saw some people he claimed were hired by the Nigerian government protesting at the court.

He said he was told by insiders that DSS operatives were deployed to rearrest Omoyele Sowore and detain him for undisclosed new charges, which eventually happened as captured in viral videos.

The Human Rights Activist who recounted how he and others fought and defeated military dictators, added that he won’t allow a democratically elected government to continue treating the judiciary with disdain.

“The atmosphere was very rowdy, but I insisted that the arrest could not be carried out within the precinct of the court,” Mr Falana said.

”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.

“We are going to take steps under the law by asking for his release again since they are claiming this is a fresh arrest.”

Mr Falana added that the SSS is yet to disclose to the public what the new charges are.

“Nobody has disclosed yet what his charges are; he couldn’t have committed any other offence because he has been detained for the past four months unless the SSS wants to tell the whole world that he committed this fresh offence while in their custody,” he said.

According to him, “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.

“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.”

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