Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, has said the Federal Government has commenced investigation into the alleged invasion of the Federal High Court by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS).
Malami confirmed the development to journalists after visiting Justice John Tsoho, the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, on Wednesday in Abuja.
Reports and videos posted on social media had indicated that DSS operatives allegedly attempted to forcefully rearrest Omoyele Sowore, convener of the #RevolutionNow movement, in courtroom seven of the FHC Abuja last Friday.
It was reported that the actions of the secret police operatives forced Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu, the presiding judge, to hurriedly retire to her chamber.
But Malami told journalists that he was not at the court over the Sowore matter, rather he came to congratulate Justice Tsoho, who was recently confirmed to his current position by the Senate.
On whether he supported the purported invasion, the AGF explained that while he would not support any conduct inimical to the independence of the judiciary, he would rather not comment on an issue that he was not a witness to.
He added that he would not want to preempt a conclusive statement for the investigative panel.
Malami said: “Whatever affects the integrity of the court is a worrisome issue for us.
“I can never be preemptive of an incident over which I was not a live witness to.”
“But one thing I am certain of is that the government has but in place mechanism for investigation of the reported incident.
“So, I would not like to be preemptive in terms of a conclusion, one way or the other, without allowing the consummation and conclusion of the investigation process.”
The AGF, however, refused to respond to a question on the reason for Sowore’s rearrest, which has been severely criticised both in Nigeria and the diaspora.