Sahara Reporters Publisher, Omoyele Sowore, and other activists have spent the wee hours of the New Year in police custody for holding a protest in Abuja.
NEWS FLAKES NG reports that Sowore had before his arrest, sent out a series of tweets calling on Nigerians to join him on a protest against the regime of President Muhammadu Buhari.
He had tweeted, “How about a crossover protest/uprising tonight? Anyone willing to participate? Pick up a candle and a placard showing your grievances against the regime; let’s upload our short videos and photos across our social media platforms. Let’s welcome the regime to a resolute 2021!
“#CrossoverWithProtest against tyrant @mbuhari’s regime, candlelight for #LekkiMassacre; a placard for #EndBadGovernment; procession to usher in #Revolutionary 2021, a fist for victims of repression-frozen bank accounts, malicious prosecution and detention of #Endsars activists.
“#Crossoverwithprotest starts at 11.30 till 12.30 am across Nigeria, a candle, a placard and fireworks to usher in a RESOLUTE 2021 in Nigeria! Join with your friends and neighbours #EndSARS. #ObigboMassacre #LekkiMassacre #EndBadGoveranceInNigeria #BuhariTrainwreck #RevolutionNow.”
It was learnt that scores of armed policemen around midnight accosted the protesters at Gudu Junction injuring some of them in the process.
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They were subsequently taken to a police unit infamously known as ‘Abattoir’ in the Lokogoma area of the FCT.
NEWS FLAKES NG gathers that Sowore, who was declared a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International in 2019, was detained for several months by the Buhari regime for allegedly calling for a revolution.
He was denied bail several times and even re-arrested inside the Federal High Court. However, he was released after domestic and international pressure in December 2019.
The activist is currently standing trial for alleged treason.
The Police Public Relations Officer for the FCT, Mariam Yusuf, refused to speak when she was contacted for comment on Friday.
Sowore’s lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), who confirmed the arrest, said he had not been able to locate his client because the police had failed to reveal his location.
Falana said there was no basis for the arrest, adding that Sowore had not flouted his bail conditions.
Recall that NEWS FLAKES NG had earlier reported that the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, says the critics of the President Muhammadu Buhari, should reduce wailing in 2021 and hail the President’s efforts.
Adesina said this in an article titled, ‘2021: Year to Calm Down and Wail Less’ which was published on Thursday.
NEWS FLAKES NG reports that the President’s spokesman said he gave Buhari’s critics the nickname ‘wailers’ because they were fond of criticising him even to the point of absurdity.
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