Sowore Calls For Release Of Arrested Protesters
Omoyele Sowore, convener of the #RevolutionNow protest has spoken out on his arrest by the Department of State Services, (DSS) and the Revolution Now protests.
Sowore assured his followers that he remains unshaken in his beliefs and expressed gratitude to Nigerians for their support. He maintained that his intention is to lead a peaceful protest against bad governance in the country, further calling for the release of arrested protesters.
According to The Nation, he made his assertion on Monday when members of the “Take It Back Movement” visited him in the DSS facility where he is being held since his arrest on Saturday.
“I would like to assure everyone that I am being treated well and in very good health.
“I am pleased that the peaceful #RevolutionNow protests went ahead.
“However, knowledge of the sheer number of innocent Nigerians being arrested for exercising their civil rights bothers me.
“I join others in demanding for the immediate and unconditional release of all those arrested by the police on Monday,” Sowore said.
Rachel Onamusi-Kpiasi, Director, Media and Communication of the movement, confirmed in a statement released on Monday evening that the group has been able to see Sowore and that he was in high spirits.
She wrote: “At 6pm today, 5th August, 2019, members of the Take it Back Movement were allowed to visit with our convener, Omoyele Sowore, for the first time since his armed abduction in the early hours last Saturday, August 3.
“We met him in high spirits, unmoved by the events of the last few days.
“The officers allowed us to present him with food as Sowore had refused all meals since his capture.
“We are also happy to confirm that Take it Back members will be allowed to bring him food daily as per his wishes.
“The freedom fighter was quick to ask about the movement and supporters as he is aware that there will be a lot of worry about his wellbeing.
“Indeed, the silver lining in today’s unrest lies in the knowledge that truly, you cannot stop an idea whose time has come.
“The Take it Back Movement will continue to agitate for his release as well as that of comrades whose voices this oppressive regime has tried to silence.
“This visit was a small win; but we will not rest until we are free and free indeed.”
Naija News recalls that operatives of the secret police (DSS) had arrested Sowore on Saturday after he called for a nationwide revolution protest against the government.
Though Sowore was behind bars, the protest still held in certain parts of the country particularly in Lagos but security operatives clamped down on the protesters, saying the gathering was unlawful as they didn’t obtain any form of permission for their protest.
The police had earlier warned that the planned protest by Sowore and his supporters could be treated as ‘treasonable felony and acts of terrorism.’
Source: Naija News