Presidency reacts over Sowore, DSS tussle, justifies rearrest

  The presidency on Sunday justified the treatment of Omoyele Sowore by the State Security Service (SSS). “Sowore called for a revolution to overthrow the democratically elected government of Nigeria. “He did so on television, and from a privileged position as the owner of a widely read digital newspaper run from the United States of America,” Garba Shehu, President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesperson, wrote in a statement sent to journalists. Mr Shehu was evasive on whether or not President Muhammadu Buhari authorised the disobedience of court orders by the SSS in detaining Mr Sowore. “The DSS does not necessarily need the permission of the Presidency in all cases to carry out [Read]

Sowore: DSS contradicts itself, its team leader apologized to Justice Ojukwu – Falana narrates what happened in court

  Human rights lawyer, Mr Femi Falana SAN has described the statement by the Department of State Security as contradictory, saying that the teaming leader of the DSS apologized to Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu. Read his full statement below as obtained by NEWS FLAKES NG; SSS APOLOGISED FOR INVASION OF COURT! Our attention has been drawn to the self contradictory press release of the SSS in which an unsuccessful attempt was made to absolve itself of responsibility for the armed invasion of the Federal High Court, Abuja Judicial Division, in general, and the desecration of Court No 7 of Hon. Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu in particular as well as the illegal rearrest [Read]

NUJ Condemns Rearrest, Harassment of Sowore by DSS, Demands FG’s Apology

ABUJA – The Nigeria Union of Journalists has condemned in its strongest terms, the violation of court and rearrest of Omoyele Sowore by men of Department of State Security (DSS) at the Federal High Court, describing it as absurdity. The union equally demanded public apology from the federal government over the conduct of operatives of the Department of State Service while rearresting Omoyele Sowore at the Federal High court. The Journalists’ body in a press statement signed by the national secretary, Shuaibu Usman Leman added that the Federal government must also assure Nigerians that such an unwholesome conduct will not repeat itself again. The body while condemning the conduct of [Read]

Sowore’s wife to Buhari: My children and I want my husband back home

  Wife of Omoyele Sowore, the convener of the RevolutionNow protest and publisher of Sahara Reporters, Mrs Ope Sowore, has sent a message to President Muhammadu Buhari that she and her children are waiting for the return of her husband. She said she had no clear roadmap on how to handle the situation but that she had sent appeals to the United Nations and had been working with Amnesty International and many other organisations to help raise awareness and “hopefully help to secure the release” of her husband. Officials of the Department of State Services had on Friday invaded the Federal High Court in Abuja to rearrest Sowore, who was [Read]

‘It has never happened before’ — Falana speaks on Sowore’s rearrest in court

  Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, says the rearrest and assault of Omoyele Sowore in court is ”extremely embarrassing”. He said it is the first time an arrest is being effected in a courtroom in the country. The DSS rearrested Sowore and Olawale Bakare at the federal high court in Abuja, on Friday, less than 24 hours after they were released on the order of the court. Before he was released, the activist had spent 124 days in detention. DSS agents pulled their guns in a show of force causing confusion in the court, and rearrested Sowore. Speaking with Channels TV, Falana, Sowore’s counsel, said the DSS has detained his [Read]

Sowore’s rearrest: Dogs act more civilised than DSS —Soyinka

  Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, says dogs act more civilised than the operatives of the Department of State Services that stormed the Federal High Court, Abuja, on Friday, to re-arrest the Publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore. Soyinka said this in a statement titled, ‘Lessons from the African Wild Dog (Lycaeon Pictus)’ on Friday. He said, “A few years ago, I watched the video of a pack of the famed African wild dogs hunt, eventually bring down, and proceed to devour a quarry. “It was an impala, antelope family. The pack isolated the most vulnerable looking member of the herd – it was pregnant – pursued it, until it [Read]

BREAKING: Drama in Court As DSS Attempts To Rearrest Sowore, Mandate [VIDEO]

Operatives of the Department of State Services on Friday morning disrupted the ongoing trial of activists Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare, attempting to rearrest the two men, who were only released from its detention on Thursday evening. The DSS operatives also chased away the presiding judge, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu while also brutalising a journalist with a popular television station. [READ ALSO] JUST IN: DSS releases Sowore after 126 days in detention over #RevolutionNow There is currently an ongoing standoff inside the court premises as the DSS operatives are refusing to allow Sowore and his lawyers come out of the place. See video as obtained by NEWS FLAKES NG; Details shortly… [Read]

JUST IN: DSS releases Sowore after 126 days in detention over #RevolutionNow

  Fresh report reaching NEWS FLAKES NG at PRESS TIME has it that the Department of State Services (DSS) has released Omoyele, convener of RevolutionNow Movement, who has been in detention since August 3. A DSS source disclosed this to TheCable on Thursday night. Marshall Abubakar, one of the lawyers of Sowore, later confirmed the development. “He has been released. I am with him as we speak,” he told TheCable over the phone. More to follow… [Read]

We’ve uncovered plots to destabilize Nigeria – DSS

  The Department of State Services (DSS) on Tuesday said they have uncovered syndicated plots by some “undesirable groups” to cause a breakdown of law and order in various parts of the country including Abuja. According to a statement by Peter Afunanya, the Public Relations Officer, DSS National Headquarters, Abuja, the arrangement is to instigate protests, mass action and violence with a view to causing anarchy and destabilizing the country. “These predetermined actions have been designed to take place simultaneously in the major cities across the geopolitical zones in the coming weeks. This is more so that the plotters are also targeting the yuletide seasons to accomplish their sinister motives. [Read]

JUST IN: DSS Disperses #FreeSowore Protesters With Teargas [SEE PHOTOS + VIDEO]

Officials of the Department of State Services (DSS) have dispersed protesters who stormed the headquarters of the service over the continued detention of the convener of the #RevolutionNow protest, Omoyele Sowore. The protesters had stormed the DSS office on Tuesday morning but were met with resistance by the officials who then started shooting sporadically to disperse them. [READ MORE] [BREAKING] Bayelsa Guber: Court disqualifies APC candidate Meanwhile, before they were dispersed, rights activist and leader of the protest, Deji Adeyanju, alleged that he was offered the sum of N1million by some persons to suspend the protest. He displayed the cash, adding that the money was offered to him at gunpoint. He, [Read]

DSS Nab Wanted Ex-Pension Boss, Abdulrasheed Maina, As Son Pulls Gun On Officers

ABUJA – Nigeria’s Department of State Services (DSS) has confirmed the arrest of Abdulrasheed Maina former Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT). Maina was arrested in company of his 20-year-old son at the Pennsylvania Avenue Hotel, Utako, Abuja after a request by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to the Service to assist in the apprehension of the suspect. DSS in a statement said Maina’s son Faisal tried to resist the arrest. The secret-security outfit said Faisal “even pulled a pistol against the security agents involved in the operation.” He was, however, disarmed and arrested. Faisal is a final year student at the Canadian University of Dubai where [Read]

Court threatens to jail DSS boss over Sowore’s Continued detention

Federal High Court, Abuja, Thursday threatened to send the director of Nigeria’s Department of State Security (DSS) Yusuf Bichi to prison for refusing to release Sahara Reporters publisher Omoyele Sowore despite a court order. “Take notice, that unless you obey the direction…to release the applicant in suit FHC/ABJ/CS/915/2019, forthwith you will be guilty of contempt of court and liable to be committed to prison,” the court said in a notice to DSS director. “The court has been informed that even as at today, Thursday, September 26, you are yet to comply with the lawful order of the Federal High Court by refusing to release the applicant namely; Omoyele Sowore, in [Read]

BREAKING: Court Sets Sowore Free From DSS Custody

ABUJA – Fresh report reaching NEWS FLAKES NG at PRESS TIME has it that Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court seating in Abuja has ruled that Omoyele Sowore be realeased forthwith from detention by the Department of Security Services and realeased to his lawyer Femi Falana, SAN. He is to submit his international passport to the court registrar within 48 hours. Recall that the SaharaReporters owner has been in the detention of the DSS for months  now following Federal Government’s order to arrest him over alleged treasonable felony arising from the planned nationwide #RevelutionNow protest called upon by the former student activist. More Details Shortly!! [Read]

El-Zakzaky wanted to relocate to another country from India, Says FG

ABUJA – The federal government says the mission of Ibraheem el-Zakzaky, leader of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), in India was to seek asylum in another country. In a statement on Friday, Grace Gekpe, permanent secretary, ministry of information, said while in India, IMN leader reached out to international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and some lawyers. El-Zakzaky returned to the country on Friday without being treated. The IMN leader departed country on Monday after a high court gave him permission to go for treatment. However, 24 hours after he landed there, El-Zakzaky raised the alarm that the federal government was frustarting him. But the permanent secretary said El-Zakzaky’s actions in India [Read]

Drama in Airport As DSS Officers Whisk Away El-Zakzaky On Return To Abuja

ABUJA – Shiites leader, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, was on Friday wisked away through the “back-door” on arrival to the country. He arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja at 11:40am. but operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) tricked journalists and some of his supporters by positioning them at the arrival lounge, while taking him through an alternative route out of the airport. El-Zakzaky returned to the country without getting medical attention in India. [Read]