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 Service, which badly battered Nigeria’s image internationally.
The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice (AGF), Abubakar Malami, disclosed this on Wednesday while chatting with reporters at the premises of the federal high court Abuja.
The AGF said he was at the court to congratulate the Chief Judge of the court, John Tsoho on his confirmation by the Nigerian Senate.
Dodging question on the reason for Sowore’s rearrest, he noted that he did not visit the Chief Judge over Sowore’s case.
But asked to comment on the invasion of the court by the DSS operatives, 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.”
The invasion of the court to rearrest Sowore, allegedly without a fresh warrant of arrest from a court, has drawn unprecedented national and international condemnations. The United States Department and at least three US senators have faulted the action, saying their country may reassess its relation with Nigeria if Sowore was not immediately released.
Recall that last Friday, agents of the DSS, in their bid to rearrest Sowore, had invaded the court, causing the sitting judge, Ijeoma Ojukwu to flee amid ensuing pandemonium.