Omoyele Sowore Arrested by Police

Adegboruwa, Amnesty international kick as Police arrest Sowore

.Nothing must happen to him, SAN warns

.’FG must ensure his immediate release’

A legal practitioner, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, SAN and Amnesty international have condemned the arrest of Omoyele Sowore, the Sahara Reporters’ publisher.

Sowore was arrested on Thursday in Abuja by policemen for reasons undisclosed yet.

Adegboruwa, a foremost human rights lawyer lamented that Sowore has been denied access to lawyers, doctors, family members, allies and comrades.

According to the Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) state machinery should not be unleashed against an individual “on account only that he seeks a better country”.

He said: “Sowore has been facing trial on account of his lawful campaigns for democracy and good governance.

“He has been restricted to Abuja where he has been staying for well over four years”, his statement read.

“Recently, the younger brother was attacked and brutally murdered in very suspicious circumstances.

“I call upon the government of President Muhammadu Buhari to respect the fundamental rights of all citizens, including those of Sowore.”

Adegboruwa said he should be released or charged to court for whatever offence that may be alleged against him.

Similarly, following the arrest of the popular Nigerian activist and publisher, Amnesty International has expressed concern over the development.

While condemning the arrest of Sowore, Amnesty International in a post on its official social media handles also frowned at the attack on the activist by suspected thugs.

According to the human rights organisation, the Federal Government must ensure his immediate release, adding that Nigerians have the right to express themselves peacefully.

“Amnesty International is deeply concerned over today’s (Thursday) violent attack by thugs, on Omoyele Sowore

“We also condemn his subsequent arrest by the Nigeria Police. This is not the first time Sowore’s life is threatened for simply standing up for freedom and justice.

“Nigerian authorities must immediately release him. Those who attack him — today and in the past — must be brought to justice.

“Sowore and all Nigerians have the right to express themselves peacefully.”

Meanwhile, Sowore, presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) in the 2019 election was reportedly arrested by Police in Abuja.

Femi Adeyeye, the National Publicity Secretary of the party, disclosed this in a statement released on Thursday.

According to the statement, Sowore was arrested after stepping out of the court where the Chairman and members of the party had converged to witness the case of the party against the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and usurpers.

Adeyeye claimed that Sowore was taken to the former Special Anti Robbery Squad, which is popularly called “Abattoir”

Sowore had filed an appeal against the ruling of the Federal High Court that affirmed Leonard Nzenwa as the acting Chairman of the AAC.

The statement partly read, “As at the time of releasing this statement that he [Sowore] is currently at the dreaded SARS unit called ‘Abattoir’ and men from that station were the ones who carried out the arrest.”

The statement added that the specific reason for his arrest remains sketchy.

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