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#RevolutionNow: Arrest, Try Security Operatives Involved In Invasion Of Abuja Federal High Court, Says NHRC



ABUJA, NIGERIA - A request was on Saturday (today) made for the arrest and subsequent trial of operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) and other security officials involved in the invasion of the Federal High Court in Abuja.

The call was made by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in a statement issued by the Executive Secretary of NHRC, Tony Ojukwu, barely a day after some DSS operatives stormed the court.

According to Tony Ojukwu, "The Commission directs all the relevant agencies of government to arrest and try all law enforcement officers involved in the desecration of the hallowed chambers of the Federal High Court Abuja on Friday 6th Dec 2019 for contempt in the face of the court.

“They should be tried, and this should serve as a reminder to all law enforcement agents that they must obey the law in carrying out their law enforcement duties.

“They must enforce the law within the law. 

"Impunity by law enforcement officials cannot be indulged in our democracy because impunity uproots the very foundation of our constitution and our democracy.

"The commission watched with dismay the conduct of law enforcement officers in the court and condemned it in its entirety.

"Law enforcement officials should understand that to qualify as law enforcement agents, they must first of all be law-abiding and not be above the law.

"As officials paid with taxpayers’ money, there must be no room for impunity and utter disregard for the constitution.

“Our democracy is founded on the principle of separation of powers and all citizens including law enforcement officials must understand the implications of that and are enjoined to respect the law and the constitution in the enforcement of the law,” he stressed."

The statement is coming a day after DSS operatives in at least three pickup trucks stormed the court on Friday to re-arrest the Convened of #RevolutionNow protest,  Omoyele Sowore who had just been released two days ago.

But the moves to effect the re-arrest inside the court was resisted by Sowore and his supporters while a scuffle ensued between both sides.

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