The Department of State Services (DSS), the office of the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, and counsel for the detained #Revolutionnow campaigner, Omoyele Sowore, were on Thursday given 24 hours to submit written testimonies of the alleged invasion of a Federal High Court in Abuja by security agents.
Others expected to submit the written testimony are: the Executive Secretary, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Tony Ojukwu; Office of the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court and the presiding judge at the time of the alleged invasion, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu.
The order was given by the chairman, Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, Senator Michael Opeyemi, during a public hearing on the alleged invasion of the Federal High Court. According to the lawmakers, all parties must submit a written account of what happened within 24 hours, adding that their memorandum would enable them to give report to the Senate.
Senator Opeyemi explained that they were unable to proceed with the scheduled investigative hearing following the death of Senator Benjamin Uwajumogu. He said: “We are not able to proceed with the hearing because we lost one of our colleagues yesterday. He was on the floor of the Senate two days ago. We need to show concern for the departed soul.
“Therefore, avail us with memorandum within 24 hours. We have contacted the Office of the Chief Judge of the High Court to give us perspective of what happened, including the presiding judge.
We will like to have the memoranda before the close of work on Friday.” Present at the public hearing were the Director- General of DSS, Yusuf Bichi; the Solicitor-General of the Federation, Dayo Apata, and representative of the lawyer to Omoyele Sowore, Femi Falana (SAN).
Recall that DSS operatives were alleged to have invaded a Federal High Court in Abuja to re-arrest publisher of SaharaReporters, Omoyele Sowore, few hours after he was released on bail. The issue, which elicited reactions from several Nigerians, prompted the Senate to mandate its Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters to investigate the matter.