The Delta State Police command has re-arrested Nicholas Makolomi, who allegedly made a video of SARS shooting a boy in Ugheli, Delta State, which led to the #EndSARS protests across the country.
Makolomi’s counsel, Ekenemolise Osifo, raised alarm on Tuesday in Asaba, noting that the Federal supreme court had ruled against Makolomi’s initial arrest and detention.
Osifo described his re-arrest as a gross violation of the rule of law.
He said, “Prince Nicholas Makolomi actually recorded an injustice being perpetrated and like what every right-thinking Nigerian citizen would do, uploaded it to bring the eye of the general public to police brutality.
“Considering this insecurities and lawlessness within the country, the baseless and unjustified act by the police to hide their inefficiency is an unnecessary distraction and mediocre rather than facing the particular issue and truth is completely disgraceful and unwarranted.
“What aggravated the police to re-arrest him was the very fact that Makolomi brought the eye of the police to a different act of unlawful extortion conducted by one SP Sunday Nwaja who requested for N500,000 to grant him a soft landing.
“To cover for his or her lack of discipline to research the extortion issue, the police cunningly withdrew the pending matter from the court and re-arrested him.
“We want his unconditional release and therefore the stoppage of further harassment of Prince Nicholas Makolomi. The police should respect and the decision of the Federal supreme court ruling in Asaba on November 24, 2020, which declared his earlier arrest and detention illegal.”
Osifo said the victim had been taken to an undisclosed location and not allowed access to his medication being a chronic ulcer and asthmatic patient.
Efforts made by our correspondent to succeed in the Commissioner of Police within the state, Hafiz Inuwa failed as calls convey to his telephone weren’t picked.
But the state Police PR Officer, DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya, said, “That’s what I heard, but I’m not aware, as I speak to you now, I’m in Enugu for PPRO workshop.”