The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has expressed its displeasure over the activities of the Department of State Services (DSS) with regard to Omoyele Sowore's rearrest in the court premises.
The NBA, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kunle Edun, said it was “greatly dismayed at the exhibition of primitivity, thuggery, insane passion for lawlessness, contempt and disrespect for the rule of law by the agents of the DSS.”
According to reports, the operatives of the DSS had stormed the Federal High Court on Friday to rearrest Sowore. The invasion of the courtroom forced Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu to abandon sitting and judicial activities for the day.
The association has, thus, called for the immediate suspension of the DSS boss, Yusuf Bichi.
“We call for the immediate suspension of the Director-General of the Department of State Security from office," Edun said.
The association’s secretary added that the leadership of Bichi as DSS boss has been characterized by high-handedness and insensitivity of the security operatives, who interrupted judicial proceedings and caused the presiding judge to abandon his judicial duties because of safety concerns.
"We make this demand bearing in mind the fact that the DSS under his leadership had established itself as a brutish and irresponsible agency that derives immense pleasure from violating the fundamental rights of Nigerians and disrespecting court orders," he said.
The association urged President Muhammadu Buhari to “ensure that the Federal Government and agencies under it obeyed court orders,” as the display of “disrespect of the court by the DSS is legendary and unrivalled.”