Nigerian former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, on Friday, condemned the rearrest of Omoyele Sowore by officials of the State Security Services (SSS).
The officials of the security agency stormed the premises of the Federal High Court in Abuja and rearrested the activist barely a day after he was released by the SSS.
Sowore and another activist Olawale Bakare, after being detained for 124 days in the SSS custody, were released on Thursday.
But, the officials of the SSS, however, forced their way into the courtroom in their bid to rearrest him.
The action taken by the security officials has further sparked off discontentment of several Nigerians on the protracted detention of Sowore and others despite being granted bail.
Atiku, joining other Nigerians to condemn the action taken by the state security officials, described the incident as unfortunate and “a rape on the sanctity of the court.
“Never in the history of Nigerian democracy has a judge been treated in such a disdainful and brazen attack on not just her person and office, but on the entire judiciary. This is unacceptable. It is a rape on the sanctity of the court.
“Nigeria is not a dictatorship. We are a democracy, no matter how inconvenient this fact is to the powers that have forced themselves on us,” Atiku mentioned this in a statement made available by his press office Friday evening.
Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party candidate in the 2019 presidential election, called for sanction on those responsible for the court invasion and demanded the release of Sowore alongside other detainees.
He also called on Nigerians to speak out in order to preserve the democracy of the country.