Yemi Osinbajo, Others, Afraid To Condemn Buhari’s DSS Court Invasion, Over Fear Of Likely Arrest

By Post-Nigeria: December 7, 2019 17:44

Yemi Osinbajo, Others, Afraid To Condemn Buhari’s DSS Court Invasion, Over Fear Of Likely Arrest

At least six members of President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet, who are Lawyers, have not publicly condemned the illegal detention of Activist, Omoyele Sowore, by the Department of State Security Services, DSS. Majority of them have simply kept mum publicly on the matter.
They have also refused to publicly comment on Friday’s invasion of a Federal High Court by the DSS Officials, a move for which the Nigeria Bar Association, NBA, has demanded the suspension of Yusuf Bichi, the Director-General of the DSS.

Sowore, the Publisher of Sahara Reporters, and an Activist, Olawale Bakare, are charged with treasonable felony, fraud, cyber-stalking, and abusing President Muhammadu Buhari.
On two occasions, the court ruled that the duo be granted bail, but the DSS failed to obey the court orders.
Sowore, who was arrested on August 3, by the DSS, for planning a protest popularised with the hashtag, #RevolutionNow, was granted bail for the second time on October 18.
The DSS did not respect a previous bail granted to the Defendant on September 24.
Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu, on Thursday, ordered that both men be released within 24-hours.
The DSS, in a bid to claim to have complied with the order, released both men on Thursday night, before re-arresting them on Friday morning, in court.
None of the six Lawyers in Buhari’s cabinet has publicly condemned the disobedience of court orders generally, including in the case of Sowore, or the desecration of the court on Friday, in the bid to re-arrest the Activists.
There are six Lawyers in Buhari’s cabinet 
1. Yemi Osinbajo

Yemi Osinbajo, the Vice President, is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, a Professor of Law, and until his inauguration as Vice President, a Senior Partner with Simmons Cooper Partners, a commercial law practice.
Between 1997 and 1999, Mr. Osinbajo was made a Professor of Law and Head of the Department of Public Law, University of Lagos. He was the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in Lagos State, from 1999 to 2007.
Osinbajo, as Acting President, acted promptly on August 7, 2018, when he sacked the former DSS, DG, Lawan Daura, after the Police and Operatives of the DSS blocked the main gate of the National Assembly, forcefully preventing Lawmakers and staff from gaining access into the complex. Buhari was out of the country at the time.
Osinbajo has not however, publicly condemned Sowore’s treatment, or other violations of court orders, including Friday’s court attack.

2. Festus Keyamo

Keyamo, the current State Minister of Labour and Development, began his legal career in 1993, at Gani Fawehinmi Chambers, in Lagos State.
After two years at Gani Fawehinmi’s Chamber, Keyamo left to establish Festus Keyamo Chamber.
During active practice, Keyamo was Counsel to the Leader of the Niger-Delta Peoples’ Volunteer Force, Mujahid Dokubo-Asari, in his trial for treasonable felony.
Keyamo, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, has been accused by many Nigerians, especially on the social media, of abandoning activism, since he secured his Ministerial appointment under Buhari.

3. Babatunde Fashola

Another Lawyer in the Buhari-led administration that has not commented on the illegality of Sowore’s detention, or general disobedience to court orders, is the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola.
Fashola was called to the Nigerian Bar as a Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court, in November 1988, after completing the professional training programme at the Nigerian Law School, Lagos, which he undertook between 1987 and 1988.
His legal career commenced in the law firm of Sofunde, Osakwe, Ogundipe, and Belgore, where he started as a Litigator in specialisations such as intellectual property and criminal law.
Fashola, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, is also a Patron of the Law Students Association of the University of Benin.

4. Godswill Akpabio

Although not much has been reported about his legal career, the Minister for Niger Delta, Godswill Akpabio, obtained a Law degree in the University of Calabar, Cross River State.
Akpabio had a brief stint as a Teacher and as an Associate partner with Paul Usoro and Co., a law firm in Nigeria.
However, Akpabio did not practice for so many years before he began working with EMIS Telecoms Limited, a wireless telecommunications company, in Lagos. In 2002, he rose to the position of the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the company.
5. Boss Mustapha

He is the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF. Boss Mustapha started his legal practice at Messrs Onagoruwa & Co., in Lagos, as a Counsel, in 1983. He had a stint at an Italian Consultancy firm, Sotesa Nigeria Limited, earlier.
In 1994, he established his own law practice firm, Messrs Mustapha & Associates, and served as its Principal Counsel, until 2000. He later worked in another law firm, Adriot Lex & Co., serving as the Principal Consultant, from 2000 to 2006.
Mustapha is a member of several Professional bodies, including the Commonwealth Lawyers Association, African Bar Association, International Bar Association, and Human Rights Institute.

6. Abubakar Malami

Unlike the others, Nigeria’s Attorney-General, and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has repeatedly spoken in support of the disobedience to court orders.
The Senior Advocate of Nigeria has argued that court orders can be ignored on matters of national security, which he argued supersedes individual freedom.
Abubakar graduated from Usmanu Danfodio University, Sokoto, in 1991, where he studied Law, and was called to the bar in 1992.
As a Legal Practitioner,  Abubakar served in various capacities, including being a Counsel and Magistrate in Kebbi State, and as National Legal Adviser of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change, CPC.