Former vice president of Nigeria, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and former minister of education, Oby Ezekwesili have joined others to condemn Department of State Service (DSS) rearrested ad detained of Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare at Abuja court o Friday.
The two men were rearrested by operatives of the secret police on Friday hours after they were released on bail on Thursday evening.
They were standing trial at the Federal High Court, Abuja, on Friday in a case earlier brought against them by the Nigerian Government when DSS operatives stormed the place and disrupted proceedings, leaving to hours of standoff and tension around the place.
Atiku in its verified tweeter handle on Friday said, “I further call for all law enforcement agencies in Nigeria to immediately respect not just the court order made by Justice Ojukwu, but the order of any court in Nigeria, on any detainee, be it Omoyele Sowore, Sambo Dasuki or Ibrahim Zakzaky, among others.”
In her response, The former education Minister, also tweets that, “President @MBuhari, the whole world is watching the video of officials of the State Security Service which you directly supervise, brutally violate the constitutional rights of a citizen @YeleSowore inside a court and desecrated our Judiciary- an independent arm of government.
“Let it also be known by @MBuhari that the cruel, unreasonable, or arbitrary use of the power he wields today as @NGRPresident is alien to our Nigerian Constitution and International Law. I advise the President to cease this descent to fascism immediately and #RespectCourtOrder.
“It is in the interest of @MBuhari that @YeleSowore comes to no form of bodily, mental or emotional harm. As the supervisor of the State Security Service, I demand that the President instructs the DG to immediately comply with the court order. Release Sowore immediately.
She tweets further that, “I have just spoken to the incredible Femi Falana — SAN whose amazing and highly effective legal representation of citizen @YeleSowore with a strong team of lawyers is the silver lining in this tragic case. I once again conveyed our abiding strong support and gratitude.
“I urge my fellow citizens who are reasonable enough to know that today’s episode amounts to full aggression against the Judiciary by the Executive arm of @MBuhari and portends an extremely dangerous development. We must all stand to defend our hard won Democracy. We must.”