SWITZERLAND, DECEMBER 06 – There was drama and tension on Friday morning as operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) re-arrested convener of #RevolutionNow, Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare inside the courtroom of a Federal High Court in Abuja.
The situation turned rowdy as Sowore’s reporters shielded him from the DSS operatives.
Channels TV judiciary correspondent who was also inside the courtroom was hit during the fracas.
“The police people and DSS just hit me because I was trying to take a shot of them dragging Sowore,” she said.
According to Punch, about 15 operatives of the Department of State Service moved to rearrest Sahara Reporters publisher, Omoyele Sowore, and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare, after the Friday’s proceedings at the Federal High Court in Abuja.
The DSS had released the two men hours after the judge, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu, ordered the agency to release them within 24 hours in line with the bail granted them by the court.
Earlier at the Friday’s proceedings, the judge and the defence counsel had commended the DSS for complying with the court’s order.
By an agreement between the Mr. Femi Falana-led defence team and the Liman Hassan-led prosecution team, the matter was adjourned till February 11 for the commencement of trial.
But shortly after the court clerk called the next case and people started leaving the courtrooms, DSS operatives numbering about 15 started making some moves towards Sowore and Bakare.
Sowore and Bakare turned back and made it at a fast pace back to the courtroom.
The development led to a commotion which forced the judge who was handling the next case to immediately suspend sitting and receded to her chambers.
Reacting to the development, Sowore said the DSS operatives who appeared to be laying an ambush for him ahead of the close of the Friday’s proceedings, were on the move to kill him.
Update: Sahara Reporters has announced that Omoyele Sowore has finally been taken away by the DSS operatives after chasing judge out of the courtroom with gun.
He has been taken to the headquarters of the DSS.