The Federal Government has ordered an investigation into the Friday invasion of the Federal High Court, Abuja , by the operatives of the Department of State Services , the Attorney – General of the Federation and Minister of Justice , Mr Abubakar Malami, said on Wednesday.
The DSS operatives , in their bid to re – arrest the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress in the February 2019 general election , Omoyele Sowore , had invaded the court , during which the judge fled the scene.
Malami spoke to reporters on the premises of the Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday, after paying a courtesy visit to the Chief Judge of the court, Justice John Tsoho.
He evaded question on the reason for Sowore ’ s re – arrest , which had drawn criticisms locally and internationally.
Fielding questions from reporters , Malami said he did not visit the Chief Judge over Sowore ’ s case but to congratulate him on his confirmation by the Senate as the substantive Chief Judge of the Federal High Court.
Asked if he was not appalled by the DSS ’ conduct, Malami said , “Whatever affects the integrity of the court is a worrisome issue for us . I can never be preemptive of an incident over which I was not a live witness to.
“But one thing I am certain of is that the government has put in place mechanism for investigation of the reported incident.
“ So , I would not like to be preemptive in terms of a conclusion , one way or the other , without allowing the consummation and conclusion of the investigation process . ”
Malami, whose visit to Justice Tsoho came only days after a delegation of the DSS reportedly visited the Chief Judge to apologise for the invasion of the court by the agency ’ s operatives , said his visit was not for such purpose.
He said , “ The truth is that I am not here about Sowore ’ s case . I am here to visit his lordship to congratulate him on his appointment.
“But one thing about the judicial process is that it is not the only case in which the Federal Government is involved as you rightly know.
“ We have multiple cases and more serious than that of Sowore pending before the court generally.
“ So , the case of Sowore is certainly not an exception, so I cannot be here for an exclusive case when we have multiple thousands of cases against the interest of the government pending within the judicial circle not exclusively restricted to the Federal High Court.
“ We are committed to the sanctity of the judiciary and the judicial system. ”
Meanwhile , the President of the Christ Apostolic Church , Pastor Abraham Akinosun , has joined millions of Nigerians to call for Sowore ’ s release.
Akinosun also called on Nigerians to always obey the rule of law and not to abuse the democratic system of Nigeria.
The cleric stated this on Wednesday while speaking with journalists at the Joseph Ayo Babalola International campground, Ikeji – Arakeji , Osun State , after the ordination of over 2 , 000 new pastors of the church.
The cleric said the current Major General Muhammadu Buhari ’ s regime needed prayers.
The CAC President said , “ Sowore should be released since a court of competent jurisdiction has ordered his release . ”
The cleric also cautioned the Buhari regime and the National Assembly against hate speech bill, saying the existing laws on the hate speech should be strengthened.
Also , a retired Assistant Inspector – General of Police , Austin Iwa , has accused security agencies in the country of being the biggest violators of human rights in Nigeria.
In a veiled reference to the assault on Sowore by operatives of the DSS , he said the military mentality was still much in the country despite the fact that Nigeria had returned to democratic rule in 1999 .