The United States Department of State has condemned the rearrest of Nigerian activist and journalist, Omoyele Sowore, by the Department of State Service (DSS) at the Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday only hours after he was released on bail after four months in the agency’s detention.
In a post on Twitter on Sunday, the State Department tweeting @StateDRL, said, “We are deeply concerned that #Sowore has been re-detained in #Nigeria shortly after a court ordered he be released on bail.
“Respect for rule of law, judicial independence, political and media freedom, and due process are key tenets of #democracy.”
U.S. State Dept | Democracy, Human Rights, & Labor
Mr. Sowore was first arrested on August 3, 2019 by the DSS for calling for mass protest against the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
American lawmakers, Cory Booker and Bob Menendez, had earlier faulted Sowore’s rearrest and called for his immediate release.