Mr Omoyele Sowore and Mr. Olawale Bakare were friday detained at the office of DSS after a drama at the premises of a federal high court in Abuja.

Mr. Sowore and his co-accused, Mr. Bakare, were released on Thursday night, following an order given by Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu who gave the security agency a 24-hour ultimatum to effect the bail order earlier issued.

Sowore’s lawyer, Femi Falana has criticised the Department of State Security Services (DSS) for rearresting his clients, barely 24 hours after their release from custody.

The human rights advocate who spoke to Channels Television on Friday stressed that the DSS had said they were inviting the duo for questioning at their office to answer a few questions on fresh charges, but are yet to disclose the fresh charges.

“The atmosphere was very rowdy, but I insisted that the arrest could not be carried out within the precinct of the court. He was going to be arrested outside the premises but there was a crowd that resisted the arrest, but I appealed to everybody and asked Sowore to jump into my car and so we drove to the office of the SSS because they said he will just answer a few questions, but now they are being detained.

“We are going to take steps under the law by asking for his release again since they are claiming this is a fresh arrest.

Meanwhile an eye witness has this to say “I was in court today and here is what happened. The court had adjourned his matter till 11th Feb next year. The court called the next matter and proceeding had commenced in respect of the next matter. Sowore stepped out of the court room and suddenly we heard noises coming from the corridor “leave me alone” “they want to kill me” “they want to kill Sowore” and all that. Suddenly Sowore’s people started dragging him with the DSS.

When his friends dragged him into the court room. The judge seeing this, rose and went to her chambers. The DSS didn’t enter the court room to arrest him rather his supporters dragged him in with the DSS official. Nobody chased the judge out, she rose and went to her chambers on seeing squabbles. Later on, the DSS official left the court room and waited for him outside the court”. The rearrest was not inside the court.

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