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Soyinka berates DSS, says actions against peace protesters inhuman and callous

Prof Wole Soyinka

Professor Wole Soyinka has vehemently criticised the Department of State Services (DSS) for the continued incarceration of Omoyele Sowore, the convener of the #RevolutionNow protest, despite court release order.

According to the nobel laureate, all civil society organisations must unite to give coordinated response against the government refusal to obey court orders.

Soyinka’s statement came following the attack by operatives of the DSS on citizens who had gone to protest the continued detention of Sowore even after he met his bail conditions.

The DSS operatives responded to the peaceful protesters with pepper spray and live bullets.

“Predictably, the ham-fisted response of the Directorate of State Security continues to defy the rulings of the court. The weaponry of lies having been exploded in their faces, they resorted to what else? Violence! Violence, including, as now reported, the firing of live bullets.

“Why the desperation? The answer is straightforward: the government never imagined that the bail conditions for Sowore would ever be met. Even Sowore’s supporters despaired. The bail test was clearly set to fail!  It took a while for the projection to be reversed, and it left the DSS floundering.

“That agency then resorted to childish, cynical lies. It claimed that the ordered release was no longer in their hands, but in Sowore’s end of the transfer. The lie being exploded, what next? Bullets of course!

“Such a development is not only callous and inhuman, it is criminal. It escalates an already untenable defiance by the state. As I remarked from the onset, this is an act of government insecurity and paranoia that merely defeats its real purpose. And now – bullets?  This is no longer comical.”

He reminded the President Muhammadu Buhari’s government that people in other countries who trampled on human rights and caused homicidal impunity were eventually called to account for such abuse of power and crimes against humanity.

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