- A presidential aide, Lauretta Onochie, accuses Omoyele Sowore of trying to give the Department of State Services (DSS) a bad name
- Onochie says the account of eyewitnesses indicate that the DSS officials did not enter the court to arrest Sowore
- The presidential aide notes that blackmailing government enforcement agencies will not work
A presidential aide, Lauretta Onochie, has accused Omoyele Sowore of stage managing the commotion that occurred at the Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday, December 6, in order to give the Department for State Security (DSS) bad name.
Onochie made the accusation on Saturday, December 7, in reaction to the widespread condemnation that trailed the re-arrest of the activist in court by the DSS.
She said Sowore was pinned down by his supporters in a courtroom in order to give DSS a bad name.
When citing account of eyewitnesses, the presidential faulted reports claiming that the DSS officials entered the court with guns to arrest Sowore.
Onochie who also posted a video of the said incident to back her claims said one Adeniyi Adegbomire, a senior lawyer who was in court when the incident occurred also stated that the DSS did not enter the court.
“The court had adjourned his matter till 11th Feb next year. The court called the next matter and proceeding had commenced in respect of the next matter. Sowore stepped out of the courtroom and suddenly we heard noises coming from the corridor “leave me alone” “they want to kill me” “they want to kill Sowore” and all that. Suddenly Sowore’s people started dragging him with the DSS and they (Sowores team) dragged him into the courtroom,” Onochie quoted the lawyer as saying.
“The judge seeing this, rose and went to her chambers. The DSS didn’t enter the courtroom to arrest him rather his supporters dragged him in with the DSS official. Nobody chased the judge out, she rose and went to her chambers on seeing squabbles. The DSS official left the courtroom and waited for him outside the court. Thank you all. Behold my eye witness account.”
The presidential aide said blackmailing government enforcement agencies will not work, noting that the politicians like Dino Melaye, Olisa Metuh and Orji Uzo Kalu who were not helped by dramatizing their court cases.
A video posted by Onochie to prove that Sowore stage-managed the incident in court
SERAP on Saturday, December 7 sent a message to Trump, asking him to speak out on Sowore’s behalf. According to the group, Trump has consistently committed to putting America first, adding that Sowore is the husband of a US citizen Opeyemi Sowore