Hoodlums suspected to be sponsored by the Nigerian government on Thursday attacked human rights activist, Omoyele Sowore despite the heavy presence of security operatives around the Federal High Court, Abuja.
Sowore was denied access into the court by the security operatives. But as he was still talking to the security men, some boys numbering about 20, it was observed, arrived.
The activist was prevented from entering the court premises because of the trial of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), being held there.
The hoodlums then approached the activist and attacked him.
It took the intervention of journalists for him to be rescued.
But to the surprise of everyone, the security agents including the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Federal Secretariat Police Station, Hassan Abdullahi looked on as the activist was being assaulted.
SaharaReporters gathered that the hoodlums came with a petrol bomb.
“The police and Department of State Services (DSS) let their lone car pass and then closed their barricades and thereafter let them go after attacking Sowore,” an eyewitness said, narrating the incident.
“Journalists and bloggers covering the trial outside revolted against what the DSS and police did and the police reluctantly arrested them and took them to the Federal Secretariat Police Station where the DPO, Hassan Abdullahi released them after 10 minutes.
“Hassan Abdullahi was the DPO that arrested and tore Sowore’s clothes on July 26th and he’s believed to have brought the thugs in conjunction with the DSS to attack and hurt him.”
Another eyewitness said one of the assailants had a petrol bomb, adding that the policemen present there also saw it.
“Yes, one of the hoodlums was with a petrol bomb. Some people and I saw it, and the policemen there also saw it,” the source said.
“It can easily be denied but it was the police actually took it out from his pocket. They were even the ones who identified it.”
However, the DSP Adeh Josephine,
Police Public Relations Officer of the Federal Capital Territory Police Command, Abuja did not answer when SaharaReporters called to find out the update on the investigation and prosecution of the hoodlums who attacked Sowore.
She also did not reply when she was messaged on WhatsApp but the grey checkmarks that the message had been delivered later changed to blue, suggesting the message had been read.