DSS, Sowore and beleaguered judiciary

Idowu Akinlotan

In the early part of President Muhammdu Buhari’s first term, this column foresaw how contemptuously the government began to treat the rule of law, and warned that it was a harbinger of more repression to come, incipient fascism, and eventually the overthrow of democracy.

Nigeria, the writer warned, would be fortunate to retain its democracy in one battered form or another by the end of the president’s second term, if he got it. Not only did he get that second term, almost to the letter, his presidency has done its utmost to bruise and batter the rule of law, relegate judges and the judiciary to serfdom, subordinate the parliament to vexatious plenary natter, and is proceeding speedily to castrate the public through a plethora of withering antidemocratic bills/laws and defiant extralegal and extra-constitutional practices.

Last Friday’s invasion of the Federal High Court in Abuja by the Department of State Service (DSS) to re-arrest Omoyele Sowore against the…

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