The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the invasion of court, by the Department of State Services (DSS) on Friday.
The opposition party said “the furious invasion of the sanctity of the Federal High Court by the DSS further confirmed that Nigeria, under President Muhammadu Buhari Presidency, is finally sliding into a frightening dictatorship.
The party was reacting to the imcident where men of the DSS stormed the court to re-arrest Omoyele Sowore, the RevolutionNow convener.
In a statement by its national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP said the invasion of the court was a vindication of its earlier stand that the nation was no longer governed by democratic principles of rule of law and dictates of the constitution.
“Today, the world watched with shock as operatives of the Presidency-controlled DSS, in a most horrific manner, swooped on the court, held the judiciary to ransom, disrupted proceedings, scared away the judge, chased away lawyers and journalists, attacked and re-arrested persons standing trial within the precincts of the court, in a manner that can only be obtainable in Idi Amin’s Uganda.
“The invasion is in a forceful suspension of our constitutional order and a further battering of the judiciary, which points to an emerging lawlessness that can only find space in a military regime.
“Without prejudice to the charge against the Convener of the “Revolution Now” movement, Mr. Omoyele Sowore, the PDP holds that, in a normal democracy, it is the duty of the court to determine the fate of an accused, according to the laws and not a resort to brute force by the government to silence persons with dissenting voices.
“Our party notes that such a violation, as embarrassingly witnessed in the Abuja court this weekend, is a direct invitation to anarchy and a huge threat to the unity, peace, stability and corporate existence of our nation and the safety of our citizens.
“Indeed, this is not the Nigeria our citizens yearn for and it is imperative to restate that Nigeria, under the Buhari Presidency, is fast sliding into a dark country where, laws are suspended, the judiciary is assaulted and citizens are stripped of their fundamental rights”, the statement read in part.
The party, therefore, called on well meaning Nigerians and the international community to call the Buhari Presidency to order before its actions “derail our nation and trigger a breakdown of law and order in the land”.
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