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EXCLUSIVE: Nigeria’s AGF, Malami, Pressuring Chief Judge, Tsoho, Not To Assign Sowore’s Case

Following Omoyele Sowore’s rearrest and forcefully taken back to the DSS custody, when the DSS operatives stormed the Abuja Federal High Court presided over by Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu on December 7 after Sowore was granted freedom on December 6, and Sowore’s case handed over from the DSS to the Attorney General of the Federation, no head way yet or news about Omoyele Sowore’s welfare, if he is dead or alive.

According to a report by Sahara Reporters, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), are trying to pervert justice by pressuring the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court in Abuja not to assign the case of pro-democracy campaigner and journalist, Omoyele Sowore, to a vacation judge.

Multiple sources in the court have revealed that Malami’s meeting with the CJ, Justice John Tsoho, was to pressure him not to assign Sowore’s case until 2020.

Sahara Reporters further said that, “Contrary to public belief, the AGF has not fired Hassan Liman (SAN), lead lawyer for the prosecution, and is relying on his advice for delay tactics,” a source told Sahara Reporters.

Malami had earlier said in a statement that the CJ had adjourned the case to January 23, 2020 and not December 23 as contained in the official court document.

He further said that the CJ had promised to inform the counsel of the defendants of the new date.

Recall that on December 17, the Federal High Court, Abuja, ordered Malami and Director-General of the Department of State Services, Yusuf Bichi, to appear before it on December 23, 2019 over the rearrest and unlawful detention of Sowore.

Justice I.E Ekwo gave the order on Tuesday following a bench ruling ordering Malami and Bichi to appear before the court on the set date.

Ekwo said though he would be proceeding on vacation, another judge would continue with the case.

However, with the latest development, Malami, who last week directed the DSS to hands off Sowore’s case and claimed that he cannot order the release of the journalist from detention, appears to be relying on the pressure on Tsoho to further keep him out of circulation unlawfully.

Before now, the Nigerian Government had sent emissaries to Sowore in detention in a bid to strike a deal with him and have him stop criticising President Muhammadu Buhari’s regime but he turned down the offer.

Embarrassed by the situation, the government vowed to take its pound of flesh on the journalist.

Several unlawful acts including an invasion of the Federal High Court, Abuja, by armed DSS operatives have taken place since that period.

Despite being widely condemned from around the world, President Buhari and senior figures in his regime have refused to comment on the issue, instead justifying the illegality with several illogical statements by Presidency spokespersons.

The Problem now is the fact that, nobody has explained to the world why Sowore was rearrested on December 7, after he was released from 124 days in DSS custody on December 6. Sowore is been detained unlawfully.

 

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Shawn Solomon Elliot

Ukpiebo Solomon Elliot is a talented and well motivated Professional Associate Writer, Proofreader and Political scientist. He is a graduate of Political Science and Public Administration, University of Benin and also holds a Diploma in Desktop Publishing and Computer Science.

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