Hours after video of alleged re-arrest of Sahara Reporters publisher, Omoyele Sowore by the DSS Operatives, the Department of State Services has disclosed that they did not arrest Omoyele Sowore, convener of the #RevolutionNow movement in court.
The state secret police said that the video of the alleged re-arrest was just an orchestrated drama acted by supporters of the convener of the #RevolutionNow movement.
In a statement signed and made available to press by the Public Relations Officer of the DSS, Peter Afunanya further revealed that there were none of its officers involved in the incidents recorded in the courtroom.
“It has become important that the Department of State Services responds to the serial misinformation being circulated in the media about its involvement in the incident that occurred on 6th December, 2019 at the Federal High Court, Abuja,” the statement read.
“It is instructive to note that during the court proceeding of the day under reference, Defence Counsel, Femi FALANA (SAN), called the attention of the Judge to a suspicion that the Service was planning to re-arrest Omoyele SOWORE immediately after the court session. The Court discountenanced his alarm and asserted that the Service was law abiding and would not engage in such and subsequently adjourned to February, 2020.
“However, when SOWORE stepped out of the court and sighted operatives of the Service within the premises, he ran back into the courtroom. In a bid to shield him from an imaginary arrest, his uncontrollable supporters mobbed him while chanting ‘you can’t arrest him’ thus the pandemonium that ensued.
“A critical look at the videos in circulation would convince any objective viewer that there was no DSS personnel during the entire period the Sowore crowd acted out its orchestrated drama. Its personnel were never, at any time, involved in the incident.”
‘New Imo Governor Hope Uzodinma Forged His University Certificate’ — Journalist Makes Shocking Revelation
The newly installed Imo state Governor, Hope Uzodinma has been accused by a journalist, Jackson Ude of forging his university certificate.
Hope Uzodinma who was on Tuesday declared by the Supreme Court as winner of the Imo state gubernatorial election, thereby replacing Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Reacting to Supreme Court verdict on Imo, Ude, a former Director of Strategy/Communication under Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan wrote on micro-blogging platform, Twitter: “Hope Uzodinma who forged a university certificate and the university disowned him is now Governor of Imo state, a state that parades one of the most educated people in Nigeria! Worst is, they are celebrating the fraud!
When I exposed him in 2012, he quickly deleted his academic records on his profile. Till date, he is yet to make his academic record public. I don’t even know what he used on his INEC form!”
Rivers: How Chima Died In Custody — Police
The Rivers State Police Command on Friday denied having a hand in Chima’s death.
Spokesman for the command, Nnamdi Omoni, said in a statement that the autopsy conducted on the remains of the deceased showed that he had a high level of sugar in his system.
Omoni, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, who also confirmed the arraignment of four other suspects in the matter, said they are at the Port Harcourt Correctional Service and that the Commissioner of Police has ordered investigation into the incident, which he said has already commenced.
DSP Omoni pleaded with family of the victim and members of the public to remain calm while the police conclude their investigation.
He said:”As a Command, we are aware of that incident and our attention has also been drawn to the online publication.
“The briefing we have received from the Commander of E-Crack, SP Adetuyi is that the man died in detention and they had to conduct autopsy on him and found that he died of high sugar level.
“He confirmed that all the people mentioned were arrested for crime and while they were in custody, Chima died. Others who were arrested with him are in court and they are in ATM.
“The Commissioner of Police has directed the DC State CID to review the matter and that has commenced already.
“If at the end of the day they discover that cause of death is as result of negligence of our men either covertly or overtly, they will go in for it.
“We just want to appeal to members of the public and the family of Chima to please be patient with us. Let them give us time to get to the root of this matter.”
S/Court Ruling: What Happened In Imo Enough For INEC Chair To Resign — APC Chieftain
A chieftain of the All Progressive Congress, Mr Peter Esele, said on Friday that the Independent National Electoral Commission should take all the blames for the verdict of the Supreme Court on the Imo election.
Esele, a former President of the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, made the declaration while speaking in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Benin.
He argued that Nigerians should look beyond the controversy of the judgment and address the foundation of the judgment
The activist noted that the judgment underscored the inefficiency and ineptitude of INEC.
According to him, the result of the governorship election, held on March 9, 2019, in Imo should not have been announced in the first place because so many irregularities were reported during the election.
Esele said that in view of the reported irregularities, one would have expected INEC to have cancelled the election and have a proper election conducted.
“INEC did not do its job properly so that is why Supreme Court judges are intervening.”
The APC stalwart stressed that for the Supreme Court to have a unanimous decision over a matter or election, it means the election was badly conducted.
“So what happened in Imo State is enough for the INEC chairman to resign if Nigeria is a sane clime where things are done properly.
“Whoever is aggrieved has to accept it because the Supreme Court is the highest court in the land,” said Esele.