Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has condemned the invasion of the Federal High Court by operatives of the DSS to re-arrest the convener of the #RevolutionNow protest, Omoyele Sowore.
Naija News reports that the Department of State Services (DSS) on Thursday night had released Sowore after spending 124 days in detention.
This was following a court ruling ordering DSS to release him in the next 24 hours.
However, the DSS on Friday morning re-arrested Sowore in the premises of the Federal High court, Abuja.
The secret police reportedly took the activist to the DSS headquarters.
Reacting in a statement by his Media Office, Atiku said an independent panel of inquiry be constituted to identify and probe those who invaded the court and maltreated Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu.
Atiku said: “Today (Friday) I am in extreme anguish of spirit having watched the unfortunate drama that played itself out at the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, in which agents of the state not only caused a commotion in court in order to frustrate a judgment of a court of a competent authority.
“Never in the history of Nigerian democracy has a judge been treated in such a disdainful and brazen attack on not just her person and office, but on the entire judiciary. This is unacceptable.
“It is a rape on the sanctity of the court. Nigeria is not a dictatorship. We are a democracy, no matter how inconvenient this fact is to the powers that have forced themselves on us.
“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.
“We cannot have a situation where our government is quick to obey foreign court orders and even quicker to disobey domestic court orders. This is symptomatic of a mindset that is servile to foreign powers and brutal to Nigerians.”