By Olawale Abdul-Fatah
Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has demanded that the Federal Government sets up a committee of inquiry to investigate Department of State Security (DSS) disruption of an ongoing trial involving Convener of RevolutionNow, Omoyele Sowore at the Federal High Court in Abuja.
Atiku added that those responsible for the act should be severely punished for disrespecting the third Arm of government in the country.
In a statement made available to newsmen on Friday, the ex-vice President stressed that never had such act occurred in the country’s 59 years history.
“Never in the history of Nigerian democracy has a judge been treated in such a disdainful and brazen attack on not just her person and office, but on the entire judiciary.
“This is unacceptable. It is a rape on the sanctity of the court. Nigeria is not a dictatorship. We are a democracy, no matter how inconvenient this fact is to the powers that have forced themselves on us.
“I call for an immediate inquiry to be set up to identify those responsible for the maltreatment meted out to Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu and the desecration of her court, and indeed the Nigerian judiciary. They must be sanctioned to the highest extent permissible by our laws.
“I further call for all law enforcement agencies in Nigeria to immediately respect not just the court order made by Justice Ojukwu, but the order of any court in Nigeria, on any detainee, be it Omoyele Sowore, Sambo Dasuki or Ibrahim Zakzaky, among others.
“We cannot have a situation where our government is quick to obey foreign court orders and even quicker to disobey domestic court orders. This is symptomatic of a mindset that is servile to foreign powers and brutal to Nigerians.
“Without the rule of law, there can be no rule at all. Power in Nigeria still flows from the people, not from the barrel of a gun. I call on all men and women of goodwill not to keep quiet or sit on the fence at times like this.
“To keep Nigeria, it democracy is the paramount duty of all concerned stakeholders. Please speak up against this tyranny and side with the Nigerian people”.
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