Omoyele Sowore, the publisher of Sahara Reporters and other activists have been arrested and detained by the Nigeria Police for holding a peaceful protest in Abuja to mark the New Year.
Sowore, convener of #RevolutionNow had before his arrest, called on Nigerians, in a series of tweets to join him on a protest against the government 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.”
Witnesses told Saharareporters that the security operatives rounded them up around the Gudu area when they were almost done with the protest. Sowore and others were in the process allegedly brutalized.
It was gathered that there were taken to the the Abattoir police station, where they are being held.
They said that Sowore was allegedly injured b the policemen, who reportedly gave him a bloodied nose.
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, saying Sowore had not flouted his bail conditions.