[Full Statement]: Femi Falana Counters DSS claims, Says DSS press release is 'self-contradictory'


 Human Rights lawyer, Femi Falana has insisted that the Department of States Services invaded the Federal High Court in Abuja to rearrest pro-democracy activist, Omoyele Sowore.

Since the incident happened on Friday, there has been a wide cry against the reported attempt to rearrest Sowore in the court premises.

However, the DSS on Saturday issued a press release to debunk the news that its operatives stormed the court to rearrest him.

In reaction to that, the Human Rights lawyer who is also the lead lawyer of Sowore's defence counsel said the DSS operatives disrupted the court proceedings in an attempt to rearrest Sowore.

 He disclosed that when the presiding Judge of Sowore's trial, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu summoned the leader of the DSS team, the team leader apologized for their action.

According to him, the DSS press release is “self-contradictory press release” and “an unsuccessful attempt” to absolve itself of responsibility “for the armed invasion of the Federal High Court, Abuja Judicial Division, in general, and the desecration of Court No 7 of Hon. Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu in particular, as well as the illegal rearrest of Omoyele Sowore”.


Here is the rest of his statement: 

“By the advantage of information technology, the whole world has placed responsibility for the gangster desecration of the court on the DSS.

“The DSS cannot extricate itself from the abominable acts of December 6, 2019.

“When I informed the court that fresh charges were being filed against our clients and that they could be rearrested, the prosecution denied any such plan.

“As soon as the case was adjourned, the DSS pounced on Sowore and caused a disruption of the proceedings of the court.

“Having taken over the courtroom, Justice Ojukwu hurriedly rose and asked the registrar to adjourn all other cases.

“After the learned trial judge had risen for the day, she summoned the heads of the prosecution and defence teams to her chambers.

“When the lead prosecutor, Dr Liman Hassan (SAN), denied knowledge of the invasion of her court, she directed him to invite the head of the DSS team in the court.

“When challenged to justify the invasion of the court, the officer could not.

“He apologised to Justice Ojukwu on behalf of the DSS.

“The judge then directed the officer to withdraw the DSS operatives from the courtroom.

“The directive was complied with, as the operatives withdrew from the courtroom but rushed out to join their colleagues who had taken over the entire courthouse."

He called for the immediate release of Sowore and other political detainees as well as all criminal suspects that had been granted bail.

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