Femi Falana, a lawyer to Omoyele Sowore, convener of RevolutionNow Movement, on Monday denounced that the Department of State Services, DSS, apologized to Judge Ijeoma Ojukwu for the invasion of her court by its agents.
Falana said the DSS lawyer, Hassan Liman and an officer who led the team “profusely” apologized to the judge in her Chambers, after which they were ordered to leave the premises.
Recall that last Friday, DSS agents chased out lawyers from a federal high court in Abuja, attacked journalists before arresting Sowore again.
DSS, however, denied having invaded the courtroom before carrying out Sowore’s new arrest.
DSS spokesman Peter Afunanya had insisted that activist supporters had acted in an “orchestrated drama” within the court.
Afunanya claimed that none of his officers was involved in the incidents recorded in the courtroom.
However, while speaking on a TVC news programme Femi Falana maintained that Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu had summoned the lead prosecution and defence counsel into her chambers, as well as the most senior officer of DSS, who thereafter apologised for the invasion.
“When the court proceedings had been disrupted, the trial judge, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu summoned the lead prosecution and defence counsel, I was already outside when I was informed.
“My colleague who was informed that my clients were about been arrested had left the court had to be called on the phone to come back and we met with the judge.
“She expressed her dismay over the development and over the illegal occupation of her courtroom. Their lawyer, Hassan Liman SAN apologized to the judge and claimed total ignorance of the unfortunate development. She summoned the most senior officer of DSS who came and I know his name but won’t mention it here.
“The judge challenged him, he wanted to deny their involvement in the court but the judge said I have my CCTV I would replay what happened in the court, then the officer apologized profusely for the armed invasion of her court.
“At this stage, the judge ordered him and the lawyer to remove their men from her court, it was at that stage the officers were withdrawn from the court because Sowore was still in the court and they wanted to take him away.
“Listen, you do not arrest anybody in the premises of the court because the business of the day must be concluded and the person would have to move out of the court premises, so to say we were not there then where were you?
“And if you were sure Sowore’s friends stage-managed the physical brutalization which didn’t you arrest them?”