Defiant Sowore Speaks From DSS Detention
The arrested Nigerian activist, Omoyele Sowore spoke from detention on Monday.
The publisher of a popular platform, Sahara Reporters was arrested in the early hour of Saturday by the State Security Service on the order of the Presidency over his planned protest, #RevolutionNow.
Sowore, who contested on African Action Congress (AAC) as a Presidential candidate remained defiant when his members of his ‘Take It Back’ group visited him in detention.
“I am pleased that the peaceful #RevolutionNow protests went ahead,” Mr Sowore told members of the ‘Take It Back’, one of the numerous social platforms he has been using to champion the course for a better Nigeria.
The SSS, a ruthless and representative unit of the Police which acts mainly at the beck and call of the Presidency had claimed that the activist planned to overthrow the government.
The Nigeria Police also issued a threat to arrest anyone who would join in the protest, a threat that was ignored as many went ahead across the country with the protest.
The Activist’s arrest has attracted reactions from different parts of the country with many condemning President Muhammadu Buhari for using state resources to oppress dissenting voices.
A video of Sowore’s arrest surfaced on social media, confirming the fear that his arrest did not meet democratic standards.
The DSS raised series of the allegation on Sunday against Sowore without evidence to back up its claims that he planned to take over the government.
The primary motive of the protest was a call for an end in corruption, economic hardship and acute insecurity.
Sowore Speaks From Prison
Despite the drama, Sowore remained steadfast and urged the security agencies to release the innocent Nigerians arrested on Monday.
The Publisher used his meeting with his comrades to advised the government to respect the constitutional rights of the people.
He said “Knowledge of the sheer number of innocent Nigerians being arrested for exercising their civil rights bothers me,” Mr Sowore was quoted as telling his visitors in custody at about 6:00 p.m. Monday night.
“I join others in demanding for the immediate and unconditional release of all those arrested by the police on Monday,” he added.
According to Sahara Reporters report, Sowore’s comrades met him in a good condition in custody and he remained defiant that his arrest won’t be an end to the agitation for a better living condition for Nigerians.