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SOWORE: Public outrage forces FG to open an investigation

Asked if he was worried by the DSS’ conduct, Malami said, “Whatever affects the integrity of the court is a worrisome issue for us."


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Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, during a courtesy visit to the President, National Industrial Court of Nigeria, Benedict Kanyip, in his office in Abuja. Photo: NAN/Taiye Agbaje

The federal government has finally opened an investigation into the incident involving the Department of State Service and the convener of #RevolutionNow Protest, Omoyele Sowore at the Federal High Court in Abuja last week.

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami, SAN, disclosed this on Wednesday.

Malami made the disclosure while speaking with newsmen shortly after he visited the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice John Tsoho and the President, National Industrial Court of Nigeria, Benedict Kanyip.

Recall that the DSS operatives had rearrested Sowore after the court proceeding on December 6.

He, however, said his visit to the Chief Judge was not over Sowore’s case but to congratulate Justice Tsoho on his confirmation by the Senate as the substantive Chief Judge of the Federal High Court.

“(Sowore’s case) is not the only case that the Federal Government is involved. We have multiple cases and more serious cases than that of Sowore pending.

“Generally, the case of Sowore is certainly not an exception. So, I cannot be here for an exclusive case,” he said.

Asked if he was worried by the DSS’ conduct, Malami said, “Whatever affects the integrity of the court is a worrisome issue for us.

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“But then, I can never be pre-emptive of an incident over which I was not a live witness. 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 pre-emptive in terms of a conclusion, one way or the other, without allowing the consummation and conclusion of the investigation process.”

Also responding to questions on the matter, he said, “I think it is about commitment to the sanctity of the judiciary and the judicial system.

“As a government, we have established a tradition of respect and interest in the independence of the judiciary.”

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