Nigeria – Sahara Reporters Publisher, Sowore Arrested

Early on Saturday morning, human rights activist, Omoyele Sowore, was arrested by men of the Department of State Services who invaded his apartment.

Since then, information about his whereabouts has been sketchy.

Timeline of Arrest

We know that the forceful arrest of Sowore took place between 1:15 am and 1:25 am (WAT) on Saturday.

According to his associate, the knocks on his apartment door woke them up and alerted them to the presence of “heavily armed” DSS men.

The men numbering eight cordoned off the building and arrested the rights activist after a slight altercation in the gym.

He was then driven towards CMD Road Shangisha, Ketu in Lagos which was his last known location.

He has since been kept incommunicado.

Official Response

So far, there has been no official response from the DSS despite numerous calls by SaharaReporters.  

The Nigerian Police Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, told journalists he is not aware of the matter.

The Nigerian presidency has also kept mum despite widespread anger and agitation on social media over the matter.

Nigerians React

Some Nigerians such as Oby Ezekwesili, Deji Adeyanju, Shehu Sani, Kadaria Ahmed and Atiku Abubakar have taken to social media to express their disappointment and anger with the Nigerian government.

Many Nigerians have criticised Buhari for being intolerant of criticisms.

DSS Admit Arresting Sowore

Addressing a Press conference in Abuja on Sunday, spokesman of the DSS, Mr. Peter Afunanya, said Sowore was taken into custody because “he called for a revolution in Nigeria.”

Afunanya said DSS was “aware of information that Sowore had been in touch with foreign actors to destabilise Nigeria.”

He did not provide details of Sowore’s detention location, or if he will be taken to court.

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