US Senator of New Jersey, Bob Menendez, called on the Nigerian government to release human rights activist Omoyele Sowore. He keyed on the Nigerian security operatives violation of court orders to release Mr. Sowore and violations of his fundamental human rights as an epidemic of lawlessness and harassment growing rampant by the Nigerian government. He stated that the United States is watching and the world is watching….and there will be consequences with the relationship with Nigeria if anything happens to Mr. Sowore.
Mrs. Sowore spoke of her fear to disclose to her children that their father has been re-arrested, less than 24 hours after his release. She also mentioned that the DSS plans to kill Mr. Sowore.
On December 6, 2019, the Nigerian DSS (Department of State Security Services) violated yet again the federal court orders to release human rights activist Omoyele Sowore when they re-arrested him after he was released from prison yesterday, December 5, 2019.
Omoyele Sowore, the human rights activist, Founder of the online journalism channel, Sahara Reporters, and the 2019 Nigerian Presidential candidate, was arrested in the early hours of August 3, 2019 for calling for a peaceful nationwide protest called #Revolutionnow for good governance in Nigeria that was approved and scheduled to hold on August 5, 2019.
Omoyele Sowore was under a 90 day imprisonment, after which the federal court ordered his release on high bail and stringent terms. The Department of State Security Services (the security arm of the federal government) refused to release him.
On December 5, 2019, in another arraignment in court (after 126 days in prison), the court ordered yet again the immediate release of Omoyele Sowore and for the Department of State Security Services (DSS) to pay him N100,000 for violating his rights and the first court orders to release him. Omoyele Sowore was released.
On December 6, 2019, the DSS rearrested Omoyele Sowore, yet violating again the court orders and his human rights.
Section 39(1) of the Nigerian 1999 Constitution provides that “Every person shall be entitled to freedom of expression, including freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information without interference.”
Article XIX of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights provides that “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”
#Revolutionnow #Takeitback #ReleaseSowore