Detained civil rights activist, Omoyele Sowore in a rare moment of liberty cursed on Monday that Nigeria has been turned into a lawless country.
He chanted the chorus to newsmen moments after he was arraigned by the Department of State Services in an Abuja Federal High Court which deferred ruling on his application for bail to Thursday.
“This is a lawless country, this is a lawless country,” Sowore chanted as operatives of the DSS struggled to cut short his brief interaction with newsmen. He was eventually bundled though the back exit of the court premises back to the detention of the DSS.
Sowere, Sahara Reporters Publisher and a presidential candidate in the 2019 General Election has been in custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) after convening a protest tagged #RevolutionNow against the present government administration.
Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu ordered his counsel, Mr Adeyinka Fusika, to file a formal bail application.
Justice Ojukwu ordered that Sowore should remain in DSS custody until his bail application and further hearing he argued in court on Oct. 4.
Before Sowore took the plea, Fusika had objected to the plea stating that he had not interacted with the defendant since Justice Taiwo Taiwo ordered his release on Sept. 26 as the DSS refused to release the defendant.
“It doesn’t matter the circumstances, orders must be obeyed before taking benefits from the court.
“You can’t obey only when it’s in your favour,” he said.
Fusika said that he was not aware of today’s arraignment but was informed by the pages of newspapers.
“We were in their office on Thursday for long but we’re not informed of today’s arraignment.
“This is an ambush, we are experiencing court orders being disobeyed and they will make people say Nigerian courts are not effective,” he said.
Justice Ojukwu however said that the defendant had been charged and were meant to plea either guilty or not guilty
She said that there was no impediment for the plea not to be taken as the plea could be changed in presence of counsel.
Counsel to the Federal Government, Hassan Liman, SAN, said that he was set to commence hearing and urged the court to fix a date.
Liman requested that the defendant remained in custody.
Justice Taiwo had on Sept. 26 ordered the release of Sowore after his arrest on Aug. 3 as there was no extant order for Sowore’s continuous detention since the 45 days detention order had elapsed and had not been renewed.