The State Security Service has denied arresting Omoyele Sowore, the publisher of Sahara Reporters, inside the federal high court in Abuja, after video evidence contradicting its claim sparked nationwide outrage.
Mr Sowore, who has called for protests to demand good governance, was released on Thursday by the SSS after spending 125 days in detention despite multiple court orders mandating his release. He is accused of treason and insulting President Muhammadu Buhari.
The SSS released him only after Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu handed a 24-hour ultimatum to the service. However, early Friday, heavily armed SSS agent invaded the court, physically assaulted and rearrested Mr Sowore.
PREMIUM TIMES’ reporters who were at the court said armed agents entered the courtroom as the judge, lawyers…