The Department of State Services, DSS, has confirmed the arrest of presidential candidate of the African Action Congress in the 2019 General Elections, Omoyele Sowore, claiming that “Sowore had been in touch with foreign actors to destabilise Nigeria.”
In a Press conference in Abuja on Sunday, spokesman of the DSS, Mr. Peter Afunanya, confirmed that its operatives arrested Omoyele in the early hours of Saturday and 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.”
The DSS spokesman did not however provide details of Sowore’s detention location, neither did he say if and when he will be taken to court..
Sowore, the convener of #RevolutionNow protests billed for Monday, August 5, was arrested on Saturday.
Rights activists and majority of Nigerians have condemned his arrest, saying that there is nothing in the Nigerian constitution that prohibits carrying placards.
Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has blasted the Saturday morning arrest of Sowore, describing it as “a terrorist midnight arrest.”
A former senator, Shehu Sani, also warned that Nigeria is slipping into totalitarianism under the watch of president Muhammadu Buhari, noting that our democracy has become a block of ice floating on warm waters.