Yoruba Elders Blast FG, DSS Over Sowore’s Rearrest
Say Country Moving Towards Anarchy NHRC urgesd law enforcement officials to respect law
The Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE) has condemned the last Friday’s violent re-arrest of the Publisher of Sahara Reporters, Mr Omoyele Sowore by officials of the Department of State Service (DSS) less than 24 hours after he was granted bail by the court.
According to Dr Kunle Olajide, the Secretary-General of the organization in a chat with Nigerian Tribune at the Weekend in Ado-Ekiti, ” the act of the DSS was very embarrassing and a desecration of the Judiciary.”
He noted that elders in the region viewed the latest actions by the security service against Sowore as unacceptable and must be condemned by all citizens regardless of political affiliations.
He said, “It is very embarrassing. We are gradually moving towards a dictatorship with the actions of the operatives of Department of State Security Service to break into the court while the Judge is still on seat and attempt to arrest and smuggle out Sowore is indeed an act of desecration of the Judiciary.
“The first time, they invaded the National Assembly and now the third arm of government is invaded. Every right-thinking Nigerians must condemn this act and put the attention of the president to it.
“It is unacceptable and I am calling on the National Judicial Council to take a very drastic measure to save the Judiciary at this trying period.
“President Muhammadu Buhari administration should stop creating the impression that they are paranoid. There is no reason to kill an ant with AK47.
“The force against Sowore at the moment is absolutely unnecessary, no matter the information at their disposal. They(DSS operatives) must be civil in their approach because we are not in the military era.”
Meanwhile, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) urged law enforcement officials on Saturday to respect the law.
Its Executive Secretary, Mr Tony Ojukwu made the call in Abuja while reacting to the invasion of the Federal High Court, Abuja on Dec. 6 by the operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) to rearrest Omoyele Sowore who was earlier released by the same department.
Ojukwu said that the commission had watched with dismay the conduct of law enforcement officers in “facie curie“ on Friday Dec. 6 at the Federal High court Abuja.
He reiterated the need for law enforcement officials to understand that to qualify as law enforcement agents, they “must first of all be law abiding and not be above the law”.
“As officials paid with tax-payers’ money, there is no room for impunity and utter disregard for the constitution.
“Our democracy is founded on the principle of Separation of Powers and all citizens including law enforcement officials must understand the implications of that.
“They are enjoined to respect the law and the constitution in the enforcement of the law,” he said.
The NHRC executive secretary urged all the relevant agencies of government to arrest and try all law enforcement officers involved in the desecration of the hallowed chambers of the federal high court Dec. 6 for contempt in the face of the court.
He added that the concerned law enforcement officers should be tried so that it would serve “as a reminder to all law enforcement agents in carrying out their law enforcement duties they must obey the law”.
He said that law enforcement officials should be enforcing the law within the law.
“Impunity by law enforcement officials cannot be condoned in our democracy because impunity uproots the very foundations of our constitution and our democracy,” he said.