The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) on Friday announced the immediate take over of the case of Sahara Reporters Publisher, Omoyele Sowore from the Directorate of State Services (DSS).
The information was made public by the Special Assistant on Media to the Minister, Dr Umar.
Dr Gwandu in the statement stated that Already, the Solicitor General of the Federation, Dayo Apata (SAN) on behalf of the Attorney General has written to the Director General of DSS, Yusuf Bichi, asking for a “prompt transfer” of the casefile to the ministry.
Gwandu’s statement further stated, “The Honourable Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice upon a further review of the case, has directed the immediate takeover of the prosecution of all charges in respect of Omoyole Sowore by the Federal Ministry of Justice, in line with the provisions of Sections 150(1) and 174 (1) (a-c) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).”
The takeover may not be unconnected with last week’s incident when operatives of DSS invaded a Federal High Court to re-arrest Sowore while the court was still sitting.
Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu had granter bail to Sowore and gave DSS a 24 hour ultimatum to release him of bring him to court.
DSS complied with the court order only for its operatives to storm the courtroom in a gestapo fashion, with guns, even while Justice Ojukwu was sitting and presiding over the affairs of the court.