The presidential candidate of the Alliance for New Nigeria in the 2019 Presidential Election, Fela Durotoye, has reacted to the re-arrested of Omoyele Sowore, the convener of #RevolutionNow protest.
Sowore was picked up by operatives of the Department of State Security, DSS, at a Federal High Court in Abuja after Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu ordered his release from their custody.
Reacting to the re-arrest which saw the DSS chasing away lawyers from the court, Fela Durotoye issued a statement which reads:
“Today, Friday 6th December 2019, is indeed another tragic day for the RULE of LAW in our Nation as operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) disrupted the ongoing trial of Omoyele Sowore & Olawale Bakare and sought to forcibly rearrest them in the court room, after finally releasing them from DSS detention yesterday evening.
It has been reported that the DSS operatives also chased away Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu from the court room while also brutalising a journalist.
This savage act by the DSS operatives just proved to the whole world that the Executive arm of the Federal Government has no respect for the Judiciary and no regard for the rule of law & separation of powers.
This is not just an attack on Omoyele Sowore @yelesho … it is a blatant attack on JUSTICE, LAW & ORDER … and infact an attack on every Nigerian’s right to justice.
This is what happens when the rule of law becomes RULE over LAW.
Nigeria does not need rulers, Nigeria needs Leaders.
And now the LEADERS must ARISE and SPEAK UP with ONE VOICE against this rulership system that uses the ‘security’ forces to oppress us & suppress our rights & the power of the judiciary in securing those rights.
I still believe that one day … when we are truly ready, a new dawn would arise over our nation & this season of darkness will pass, and everything that is going on now will only become lessons in our history books”.