The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has urged the Federal Government to prosecute operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) for breaking into the Federal High Court, Abuja, to arrest Omoyele Sowore, convener of the RevolutionNow Movement, on Friday.
Sowore was forcefully rearrested in the courtroom after the judge adjourned the case until February, 2020. In the video that surfaced on social media, Sowore was wrestled to the ground by DSS operatives before he was bundled out of the courtroom.
“The National Human Rights Commission has watched with dismay the conduct of law enforcement officers in facie curie yesterday Friday 6th Dec 2019 at the Federal High court Abuja and reiterates it’s earlier statement emphasising the need for law enforcement officials to understand that to qualify as law enforcement agents, they must first of all be law-abiding and not be above the law,” the commission said.
“Our democracy is founded on the principle of separation of powers and all citizens including law enforcement officials must understand the implications of that and are enjoined to respect the law and the constitution in the enforcement of the law.
“Accordingly, the commission directed all the relevant agencies of government to arrest and try all law enforcement officers involved in the desecration of the hallowed chambers of the Federal High court Abuja on Friday 6th Dec 2019 for contempt in the face of the court.”