Sowore: DSS invasion of court – Body of SANs demands Justice


The Body of Senior Advocates of Nigeria (BoSAN) on Thursday condemned the invasion of courtroom number 7 of the Federal High Court, Abuja DAILY POST reports.

The top legal body therefore requested that a Judicial Commission of Enquiry be set by President Buhari to reveal the perpetrators of the acts, their sponsors and their objectives.

The Department of State Services (DSS) last Friday re-arrested Omoyele Sowore, convener of RevolutionNow, a situation that has attracted so much criticisms.

The body made this statement at a special valedictory court session to mark the retirement of Justice Kumai Aka’ahs from the Supreme Court held at the headquarters of the Supreme Court in Abuja.

Chief Onomigbo Okpoko SAN, who delivered the body’s Speech remarked that the matter should not be swept under the carpet.

“The Nigerian Bar Association has come up with a statement from the bar condemning the action. As members of the Nigerian Bar Association, the Body of Senior Advocate of Nigeria, associates itself with the condemnation of the show of shame.

“It will, however, go one step further to suggest that this matter should not be swept under the expanding carpet of deceit in Nigeria.

“The pertinent question is who was responsible for the action in the courtroom? This is a task that the government must carry out to ascertain the truth”, he said.

“The way out is an Independent Commission of Enquiry under the law. This can be achieved. The Body of Senior Advocates hereby demands that Mr. President considers without delay, the setting up of a Judicial Commission of Enquiry to hear publicly and determined the perpetrators of the acts, their sponsors and their objectives.

“Unless this is done, Nigerians are unlikely to be convinced by any other explanations that the act was not the work of the DSS.

“It is the result of any such judiciary inquiry that will lead to the re-establishment of discipline in the society. The DSS and its officers are not above the laws of the land and the Constitution.

“In Nigerian law and in the Common Law, the Superior Orders is no defence to a criminal conduct. It has never been and this administration must not allow it to be”, the body said.

The President of NBA, Paul Usoro SAN, who also spoke at the occasion condemned the desecration of the temple of justice.

“We desecrate the temple of justice when we blatantly flout and disobey the orders of courts. A court that is made to be helpless in the face of flagrant disobedience of its orders is as useless to society as a toothless bulldog is to its owner.

“No one fears a bulldog that is known to be toothless, it has no capacity to keep away a marauding army or a band of invaders”, he said.



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