SSS Trying To Link Sowore With Boko Haram, Others
The State Security Services (SSS) grilled the illegally detained Nigerian activist, Omoyele Sowore, Premium Times report on Monday.
According to the report, the agency interrogated the activist earlier this week over his purported links to Boko Haram and other banned group in the country.
The SSS first attempted to tie Sowore to terrorism on November 12, two sources reportedly confirmed.
“Agents have been asking him to tell them about his relationship with Boko Haram, Islamic Movement of Nigeria and the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra,” a source told PREMIUM TIMES on Sunday afternoon. “He has continued to deny any relationship with all these groups.”
Boko Haram was designated a foreign terrorist organisation by the United States in November 2013 after the ex-President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration proscribed it.
Under General Muhammadu Buhari, Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPoB) and the IMN of Shiites were proscribed.
The move attracted criticism from national and international communities questioning the rationale behind proscription of a religious or self-determination group under a secular constitutional democracy.
Sowore’s recent questioning came ten days after Nigerians reacted to the re-arrest of the activist on December 6.
The new angle is an indication that the SSS has started afresh plot to arraign the Publisher of Sahara Reporters on terrorism charges before yet another judge
DSS is a domestic intelligence outfit reputable for acts of violence, representation and targetted attacks on dissenting voices critical of Buhari’s regime.
Sowore was rearrested a day after the SSS pretended to obey the court order.
One of the legal counsels of the Nigerian Activist, Inibehe Effiong said the SSS was plotting fresh terrorism charges against Sowore.
Effiong said the agency had tolled the same path in November but found nothing substantial for which to link Sowore.
“The charges are clearly not fresh,” Mr Effiong said in response to a PREMIUM TIMES’ enquiry about ongoing plots to re-arraign his client on terrorism charges. “They are just looking for something to hide behind to continue their impunity.”
The SSS has declined to issue any explanation for the rearrest of Mr Sowore on December 6.
“They clearly want to continue their attack on a harmless citizen in defiance of the court,” Mr Effiong said. “The terrorism allegations were specifically why they arrested him several months ago but they could not file charges because they had no evidence to prove anything.”
The lawyer also took a swipe at the Attorney-General of the Federation for playing to the gallery in his recent request for Sowore’s file.
“The attorney-generals’ office has always been in charge of the case files and it was the office that filed the initial charges against Mr Sowore,” Mr Effiong said. “We have no idea why he claimed to be taking over a case he has always been the one prosecuting.”
“He is supposed to end the charade that their government has embarked on rather than claiming he is taking over a matter he has been overseeing,” the lawyer added.