The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has condemned the arrest of Omoyele Sowore, the publisher of Sahara Reporters and convener of Revolution Now, by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS).
Narrating his arrest in a social media post, Sowore’s driver, who refused to disclose his identity, said his principal was picked up in a “Gestapo manner” by the DSS.
According to the driver, “At around past 1 am, the armed men knocked on the door. I noticed immediately that these knocks were strange. And didn’t open. I looked and I saw men armed to the teeth,” he wrote.
“They started forcing their way in like armed robbers. But I knew they were DSS men, knowing fully well the attention RevolutionNow has garnered. Sowore wanted to open at first but I immediately told him who they are. He retreated and like magic, he was not in the room when they forced their way in- 8 of them.
“That was when he managed to tweet. By this time, I had been beaten and handcuffed. Phones were snatched from me. An order to block all exits came from the leader when Sowore was not found inside. He was later arrested at the gym in a Gestapo manner and dragged after a bit altercation.”
Reacting to the arrest in a post on the micro-blogging site, Twitter, Kanu wrote: “Fulani tyranny & primitive dictatorship will never win this war against the massed ranks of oppressed people in Nigeria.
“Suppressing the right to protest in a so-called democracy will only hasten the collapse of that ZOO.
“#FreeSowore & allow the #RevolutionNow right to protest.”
Fulani tyranny & primitive dictatorship will never win this war against the massed ranks of oppressed people in Nigeria. Suppressing the right to protest in a so-called democracy will only hasten the collapse of that ZOO.#FreeSowore & allow the #RevolutionNow right to protest. pic.twitter.com/ZzjrSWosY7
— Mazi Nnamdi Kanu (@MaziNnamdiKanu) August 3, 2019