In a reaction and protest against the rearrest of Omoyele Sowore by the state security Service, the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism has suspended the planned presentation of the award of integrity to the Nigerian Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo.
Naija News recalls that Sowore, the convener of the Revolution Now campaign, and a former presidential candidate was detained for the second time last Friday by the Department of State Securities less than 24 hours after his first release, on fresh charges yet to be made public.
However, in a press release signed by the Executive Director, Motunrayo Alaka, WSCIJ stated that the decision to postpone bestowing the Nigerian Vice President with the award for Integrity category was prompted in order ‘to align with protests against the repression of freedom of speech in recent times especially the incident between the Department of State Security (DSS) and Omoleye Sowore.’
The statement added that: ‘The Vice President himself shares this awareness and the inappropriateness of the award at this point.’
Naija News understands that the award presentation programme which is expected to start by 6 pm later today, will however go ahead with other awardees in other categories.