The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, has condemned the re-arrest of Omoyele Sowore, convener of RevolutionNow Movement, barely 24 hours after an Abuja Federal High Court ordered for his release.
SERAP issued the condemnation, Friday on Twitter saying “we strongly condemn the violent re-arrest of Sowore and Bakare inside the Federal High Court Abuja courtroom just hours after they were granted bail and released by the SSS.
“SERAP’s representatives in court reported that the judge had to quickly take cover, as the officials of SSS entered the courtroom and ill-treated Sowore, Bakare.
“This is the type of things routinely witness in authoritarian states.
“Sowore and Bakare’s re-arrest is yet another example of the government of President Muhammadu Buhari’s total contempt for human rights, the rule of law and the independence and integrity of the judiciary.
“The Nigerian authorities should immediately free Sowore and Bakare, respect the sanctity and integrity of our judicial system and ensure full accountability for those who committed the appalling abuses.”
Recall that the SSS operatives earlier on Friday stormed the courtroom, chasing out lawyers and journalists in an attempt to re-arrest of Mr Sowore.
Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu, who is the trial judge, adjourned the matter till February 11, 12 and 13 for definite hearing after people around foiled the re-arrest.