State-Sponsored Hoodlums Beat Up Omoyele Sowore on Court Premises During Kanu’s Trial.
The security operatives refused to let Sowore into the courtroom. However, while he was still speaking with the security guards, a group of about 20 boys arrived.
During the confusion, their presence was noticeable due to their unkempt appearance.
It was obvious that the people were there to cause trouble.
But, to everyone’s surprise, the security agents remained silent.
The suspected hoodlums attacked Sowore right away, slapping and punching him.
To everyone’s surprise, the security agents just stood there and watched, but after shouting from the audience, they intervened and held Sowore back.
The hoodlums, however, fled without being apprehended by security agents after attacking Sowore.
This sparked a new round of outrage, with locals demanding that they be arrested.
As security operatives looked on, members of the public chased down the hoodlums in an attempt to apprehend them.
When the situation became tense, security personnel intervened and detained a few of them.
The security agents’ response fueled speculation that the thugs were backed by the government.
“A courtroom is not complete unless people are there to witness proceedings,” Sowore said before the incident. I’d like to sit right in front of the judge and watch everything unfold.
“They’ve assured us that Kanu will be treated fairly. I should be here because he is a friend of mine. However, the security agencies are still refusing to let me in.”
Following the incident with the hoodlums, security personnel became hostile and assaulted everyone, including journalists.
They swung sticks at some reporters and shoved others.
Security agents threatened to break the cameras of journalists and others who were filming the incident.
Some people were even forced to delete their videos and photos.
Except for a few journalists who refused to leave, they chased everyone away from the courts’ vicinity.
They remained hostile and threatened even after identifying themselves as journalists.
Video Credit: The Nation Newspaper