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#RevolutionNow: Agba Jalingo Re-arrested by Lagos Police
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#RevolutionNow: Agba Jalingo Re-arrested by Lagos Police

Agba Jaligo, the journalist and activist who was released in February 2020 after being detained at the Afokang Prison in Calabar for 179 days following an allegation of treason made against him by the Cross River State Governor, Benedict Ayade, has been rearrested by the Lagos police.  The activist was arrested alongside 18 other protesters who engaged in a #RevolutionNow protest in Ikeja area of the state on Wednesday August 5. They were arrested, shortly after arriving under-bridge area of Ikeja to protest the deplorable condition of the country, and taken to Area F Police Command in Lagos thereafter.  Jalingo who confirmed his arrest after being approached by newsmen at Area F where he is currently being detained, said;  “We were ...
Lockdown: Sowore Launches Pots Pan Protest (PPP) Against Buhari
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Lockdown: Sowore Launches Pots Pan Protest (PPP) Against Buhari

Lockdown Extension: #RevolutionNow - Again!!! Sowore Announces Nationwide Protest Against Buhari's Govt (Photo) After rumours of plans by the government to extend the Covid-19 lockdown in the country by another 14 days, RevolutionNow activist and Sahara Reporters Publisher, Omoyele Sowore has annonced a Nationwide Sit-At-Home protest against the move to extend the lockdown. #RevolutionNow Pots are empty, plates are empty and the stomach is very empty! Bang your pot at home, don’t let hunger kill you at home because of their greed, corruption and incompetence
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Atiku Abubakar condemns Sowore’s re-arrest

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, has condemned the re-arrest of the convener of #RevolutionNow, Omoyele Sowore and his co-defendant, Adebayo Bakare. Operatives of the Department of State Service (DSS), had invaded a courtroom at the Federal High Court, Abuja this morning to arrest the duo, a move Atiku calls a rape on the sanctity of the court. Atiku, also said the action of the DSS is unacceptable, describing the invasion as a desecration of the court and the entire judiciary. In a statement which he personally signed, Atiku said never in the history of Nigerian democracy has a judge been treated in such a disdainful and brazen attack on not just her person and office, but on the entire judiciary. The statement said, “Today, I am in extreme anguish of spirit having watc...
Sowore Speaks From Custody, Says Buhari Out To Destroy Civic Space
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Sowore Speaks From Custody, Says Buhari Out To Destroy Civic Space

Detained social activist, publisher and politician, Omoyele Sowore, has spoken out from the custody of the State Security Service, telling PREMIUM TIMES he is being held as part of a grand scheme by the Buhari administration to shut down Nigeria’s civic space. Mr Sowore called a PREMIUM TIMES’ reporter on Thursday afternoon, in a rare move to directly send out a message to the public. It was a message of courage, defiance and hope for both his teeming supporters and the Nigerian downtrodden people. The Sahara Reporters’ publisher said he would remain undeterred by the controversial tactics of the current government, which have seen him held in perpetual custody against the order of a federal judge. Mr Sowore, a former student union activist who confronted military regimes and w...
Kemi Olunloyo Wears #RevolutionNow Beret
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Kemi Olunloyo Wears #RevolutionNow Beret

Controversial investigative journalist, Kemi Olunloyo, has defied the Federal Government by wearing the RevolutionNow beret. Convener of the RevolutionNow protest, Omoyele Sowore, is in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) on charges of treasonable felony and other sundry offences. However, Ms Olunloyo, in a tweet sighted on Thursday, said that she could wear whatever she wanted, describing it as freedom of expression. “Nigerian youth, this is called #Freedomofexpression. You can wear what you want. I can choose to wear my #RevolutionNow beret presented to me at #felabration2019 by #Sowore group or wear my wig,” she wrote. DSS counsel, Hassan Liman, on Wednesday failed in his bid to get the Federal High Court, Abuja, to take witnesses in-camera in the ongoing trial...
Sowore, Co-Defendants Have Met Bail Conditions, Will Be Freed Today – Falana
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Sowore, Co-Defendants Have Met Bail Conditions, Will Be Freed Today – Falana

According to Punch Metro, Nigeria's human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), told the Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday the convener of #RevolutionNow protest, Mr. Omoyele Sowore, and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare, have met the bail conditions imposed on them in respect of their trial on charges of treasonable felony. Falana, who is their lawyer, said the defendants would be freed later on Wednesday. He said this while asking for an adjournment of the case on the grounds that the Department of State Service in whose custody the defendants have been detained and from where they were produced in court on Wednesday. He said, “I have already explained to the learned prosecuting counsel that we are encumbered by the refusal of the State Security Service to allow us to prep...
Oby Ezekwesili Reacts To Omoyele Sowore’s Detention, Seven-count Charges
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Oby Ezekwesili Reacts To Omoyele Sowore’s Detention, Seven-count Charges

Former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili has insinuated that the federal government may only cage Sowore but not his idea. The Federal Government, on Friday, filed seven counts of treasonable felony and money laundering against Sowore. In a series of tweets on Saturday, Ezekwesili, a staunch critic of the present administration blamed President Muhammadu Buhari said that Sowore is unconstitutionally and unlawfully detained Her tweets reads; “We stand on with Sowore and defend his constitutional right and freedom to protest any matter of Governance that worries him. Mr Sowore’s convening of Citizens to protest Poor Governance - via RevolutionNow- is Constitutionally guaranteed. Gratitude to his legal team. Democracy and Voice are Siamese Twins. The good kind of ...
Sowore To Remain In DSS Custody, Court Rules
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Sowore To Remain In DSS Custody, Court Rules

The Federal High Court in Abuja has turned down the motioned filed by Omoyele Sowore who happens to be the convenor of #RevolutionNow, disputing his 45 days detention by the Department of State Security (DSS). Justice Nkeonye Maya forwarded the case back to Justice Taiwo for further hearing on Wednesday after denying all the applications. Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, filed the applications on behalf of his client, Mr Sowore. Falana, who had asked the court to set aside the ex-parte order granted by Justice Taiwo, also applied for bail orally when Justice Maha rejected the earlier application. Sowore has been in the custody of the DSS since August 2. Justice Taiwo had on August 8 ordered his detention for 45 days at the instance of the DSS to enable the secret police...
#freesowore: 53 Rights Organizations To Hold Rally Demanding Sowore’s Release
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#freesowore: 53 Rights Organizations To Hold Rally Demanding Sowore’s Release

About 53 non-governmental organizations under the aegis of Coalition of Human and Civil Rights Organizations (COHCRO) are set to hold a protest calling for the release of Omoyele Sowore, an opponent of President Muhammadu Buhari in the last presidential election. Sowore was arrested on August 3 by the Nigerian secret police, the Department of State Services (DSS) and has been in detention since then. He was abducted by the DSS in a Gestapo style in his apartment for organizing a demonstration tagged, #RevolutionNow. A statement by Comrade Adeniyi Alimi Sulaiman on behalf of the coalition said: “Well-meaning Nigerians and lovers of genuine democracy would grace the event slated for Thursday 5th of September, 2019. “The planned March protest would draw members from no fewer t...
Court grants DSS permission to detain Omoyele Sowore for 45 days
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Court grants DSS permission to detain Omoyele Sowore for 45 days

A Federal High Court in Abuja has granted the DSS permission to detain the convener of RevolutionNow, Omoyele Sowore, for 45 days. Justice Taiwo Taiwo, ruling on an ex parte application by the State Security Service, whose operatives arrested Sowore last Saturday, held that the detention order would be renewable after the expiration of first 45 days on September 21. The SSS had on Tuesday applied for permission to keep Sowore for 90 days to investigate him over his call for revolution ahead of the RevolutionNow protests which held in some parts of the country on Monday July 5. The security agency anchored its application on the provision of section 27(1) of the Terrorism (Prevention) Amendment Act. Ruling on ex parte application, a one-sided request by the SSS without counter-argu...
#RevolutionNow: DSS Seeks Permission To Detain Sowore For 90 More Days
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#RevolutionNow: DSS Seeks Permission To Detain Sowore For 90 More Days

The Department of State Services (DSS) has approached the Federal High Court in Abuja to seek permission to detain the convener of #RevolutionNow, Omoyele Sowore, for 90 more days pending the conclusion of its investigation. Justice Taiwo Taiwo, however, adjourned until Thursday for ruling, as he said he needed time to examine the exhibits filed along with the application, which include two copies of DVD. Sowore was arrested in the early hours of Saturday in Lagos, on account of the #RevolutionNow protest which he had spearheaded.
#RevolutionNow: Nnamdi Kanu Hails Sowore
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#RevolutionNow: Nnamdi Kanu Hails Sowore

The Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has described the call for a revolution in Nigeria by activist, Omoyele Sowore is the highest form of bravery. Kanu went on to say that the arrest of Sowore by the DSS and consequent actions carried out by security agencies to stop the RevolutionNow protest on Monday is an affront to decency, justice and fair play, adding that he did nothing wrong. The IPOB leader who was reacting to the whole issue surrounding the RevolutionNow protest berated the President Mohammadu Buhari administration for describing the protest as Illegal stressing that he (Buhari) and his supporters did make similar call in 2014 for revolution and nobody got them arrested. It will be recalled that 5 years ago, the APC led by its then ...
#RevolutionNow: NANS Slams Sowore, Others; Commends DSS For Prompt Action
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#RevolutionNow: NANS Slams Sowore, Others; Commends DSS For Prompt Action

The National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS on Monday berated Omoyele Sowore and his fellow organizers of the Revolution Now march over ongoing protest, describing their action as akin to a coup against a democratic government. Addressing newsmen in Abuja, Zonal Coordinator, NANS Zone A, Umar Farouk Lawal, commended the Department of State Services for its prompt response, stressing that the planned protest would have degenerated if prompt action was not taken. “For us, there will be no compromise when it comes to putting the nation first over and above any other consideration, it is Nigeria first and Nigeria always. “It is without doubt that our nation is going through series of challenges ranges from insurgency, banditry to armed robbery and kidnapping resulting from...
Falz Calls For Immediate Release Of Sowore
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Falz Calls For Immediate Release Of Sowore

Rapper, Falz, has called for the immediate release of convener of the Revolution Movement, Omoyele Sowore. In an Instagram post on Monday, the 28-year-old challenged the government to listen to the voice of the masses rather than arrest anyone. He also added that planning a protest was not in anyway an act of treason. Mr Sowore, a former presidential candidate, was arrested by the Department of State Security (DSS) on Saturday, two days before the commencement of the RevolutionNow protests. According to Sahara Reporters which Sowore is a publisher of, he was visited on Monday evening by members of the ‘Take It Back’, another movement which is also aimed at championing the course for a better country. Sowore was quoted saying: “I am pleased that the peaceful #RevolutionNow ...
#RevolutionNow: Sowore ought to have been arraigned by now – Femi Falana
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#RevolutionNow: Sowore ought to have been arraigned by now – Femi Falana

Femi Falana, a human rights lawyer has expressed disappointment that the convener of #RevolutionNow protests, Omoyele Sowore, has not been arraigned almost three days after he was arrested.   Sowore was arrested in the early hours of Saturday, August 3rd by operatives of the Department of State Services in Lagos. The state agency said Sowore was arrested on account of the  #RevolutionNow protest which he had spearheaded.   In a chat with Punchng on Tuesday, August 6th, Falana said he expected Sowore to have been arraigned on Monday because, by law, a suspect should not be kept in detention without arraignment within 48 hours of arrest.   When asked what he would do on account of the extended detention of the human rights activist, Falana said, “I have sent ...
#RevolutionNow: Ibrahim Dan Arrested By DSS For Supporting Sowore On Facebook
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#RevolutionNow: Ibrahim Dan Arrested By DSS For Supporting Sowore On Facebook

A former Editor at Daily Trust Newspaper, Mr. Ibrahim Dan Halilu, has been arrested by operatives of the Department of State Services, DSS. Igbere learned that Halilu, ex politics editor for the news outfit, was picked in Kaduna State on Monday over a Facebook post supporting the activities of the #RevolutionNow movement. The journalist is not the first to be arrested by the secret police over the movement. Convener of the group and publisher, SaharaReporters, Omoleye Sowore, was picked by the DSS on Saturday at his Lagos residence, Similarly, two journalists with the news outfit (Victor Ogungbenro and Tosin Olajuwon) were picked at different locations in Lagos and Ondo States during today's #RevolutionNow protest, with the Lagos office of SaharaReporters under heavy surveilla...
Revolution Now Protest Fails To Hold In Rivers State
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Revolution Now Protest Fails To Hold In Rivers State

The proposed nationwide “#Revolutionnow” protest on Monday did not hold in Rivers state. The Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike had on Sunday warned against the embattled Omoyele Sowore initiated protest in the state, directing all security operatives to be on guard to foil any of such protest and arrest participants. Today, Security agencies in Port Harcourt, defied the all-day rains to Man all strategic protest places in the capital City, especially the Isaac Boro Park, near the state House apparently to foil all forms of gathering to ensure no break down of law and order in the state. Meanwhile, there was no gathering of any kind, business activities are going on as usual in the area. The statement signed by Wike’s personal Assistant on Electronic media, Simeon Nwakudu Sunday...
#RevolutionNow: ‘Free Sowore’ Protest In London
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#RevolutionNow: ‘Free Sowore’ Protest In London

In respect of the arrest of the Revolution now convener and former presidential aspirant, Sowore. This group convened at the Nigerian embassy in London to demand his release. According to the video, they said instead of them arresting Sowore, they should go to Sambisa Forest and arrest the Boko Haram and also arrest kidnappers because they are the ones making Nigeria uncomfortable see video
Gunshots As Policemen, Soldiers Chase #revolutionnow Protesters From Lagos Venue
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Gunshots As Policemen, Soldiers Chase #revolutionnow Protesters From Lagos Venue

Members of the #RevolutionNow movement who converged on the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos, on Monday, were forcefully dispersed by soldiers and policemen. The protesters, who arrived at the stadium around 7am on Monday, for the kick-off of the protest met a detachment of policemen at the entrance of the stadium. Some soldiers later joined the policemen. Eliaz Ozikpu, one of the protesters told TheCable, that he was discussing the protest plans with others when security operatives crossed over the road to meet them. “We were standing here, while they watched us from the other side. Suddenly, they moved on us and said we can’t talk to the press. We weren’t even talking to the press yet. We were addressing ourselves,” he said. One of Sowore’s supporters being led to a p...
Wike Warns #RevolutionNow Protesters, Says “Stay Off Rivers State”
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Wike Warns #RevolutionNow Protesters, Says “Stay Off Rivers State”

Rivers State governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has warned anyone who intends to participate in the Omoyele Sowore-led ‘RevolutionNow’ protest to stay off the streets across the state. Wike, in a statement issued in Port Harcourt on Sunday by his media aide, Simeon Nwakaudu, said that Rivers State was not part of the #RevolutionNow protest. The governor said: “Rivers State does not subscribe to what the #RevolutionNow protest represents and Rivers State is not part of the protest”. He directed security agencies in the state to arrest anybody involved in the #RevolutionNow protest and also take all necessary steps to prosecute such persons immediately. Wike also urged parents to ensure that their children are not misled by agents of Sowore to participate in the illegal protest. “All co...
#RevolutionNow: DSS Urges Nigerians To Disregard Threat Of Revolution
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#RevolutionNow: DSS Urges Nigerians To Disregard Threat Of Revolution

The Department of State Services (DSS) has called on Nigerians to disregard threat of revolution by Mr Omoyele Sowore. He also confirmed that Sowore, who was to led a group known as RevolutionNow on a protest slated for Aug. 5 was in the service’s custody. The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of DSS, Mr Peter Afunanya made the call while addressing newsmen on Saturday in Abuja. He said the arrest of Sowore was for threatening public safety, peaceful co-existence and social harmony in the country. According to him, the service is charged with the responsibility of managing, curtailing, containing and eliminating threats against national security. “These threats include threats of sabotage, threats of subversion, threat of terrorism and of course, ethnic agitations, separati...
Sowore Is With Us, Says DSS
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Sowore Is With Us, Says DSS

The Department of State Security (DSS) on Sunday afternoon confirmed it has presidential candidate of the African Action Congress, Mr Omoyele Sowore in its custody. Sowore was arrested on Saturday by operatives of the DSS in his Lagos residence over proposed #RevolutionNow protests billed for Monday. Read Also: Just In: DSS arrests Omoyele Sowore DSS spokesman, Peter Afunanya confirmed this to reporters during a briefing at the DSS headquarters in Abuja.
IGP Adamu Warns Against ‘Revolution Now’, Calls it “treasonable felony”
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IGP Adamu Warns Against ‘Revolution Now’, Calls it “treasonable felony”

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, has raised concerns about a planned ‘revolution’ march against the Nigerian government by the Global Coalition for Security and Democracy in Nigeria, calling it a ‘treasonable felony’ and warning that acts of terrorism would not be tolerated. Adamu, who gave the warning in Abuja, said that the Nigeria Police Force would “not stand idly-by and watch any individual or group” cause anarchy in the country. The IGP, while stressing that Nigerians have the right to protest, however warned that such rights should not translate to a violent and forceful change of government which, he said, would amount to a “clear revolution.” In a statement signed by Force public relations officer Frank Mba, IGP Adamu says: "The attention of t...
#RevolutionNow Organizer Releases List Of Demands, Vows To Go Ahead With Protest
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#RevolutionNow Organizer Releases List Of Demands, Vows To Go Ahead With Protest

As a leading figure of the RevolutionNow protest, Omoyele Sowore continued his detention in DSS custody, the RevolutionNow organizer which include several CSO have vow to continue with the protest scheduled to start on Monday August 5 2019. They have also released the list of demands they are agitating against. A Lagos-based lawyer and civil rights activist, Inibehe Effiong, said the government should focus on addressing the issues that informed the planned demonstration, rather than cracking down on citizens for exercising their rights to speech, association and assembly. “We have a list of demands,” Mr Effiong said. “And everything borders around good governance.” The protesters said the demand had been broken down into three phases, each of which contains a laundry of critical ...
Police Dares Nigerians To Embark On #RevolutionNow Protest
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Police Dares Nigerians To Embark On #RevolutionNow Protest

The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has warned Nigerians to steer clear of a revolution nationwide march billed to commence on Monday. The force while issuing the warning in a statement it released on Saturday, described the yet-to-begin peaceful assembly as a treasonable felony. The march championed by opposition leader, Omoyele Sowore, who publishes Sahara Reporters, seeks to draw attention to the various alleged misgovernance bedeviling the nation. Mr Sowore was picked up by operatives of the State Security Services (SSS) early Saturday morning. He is still been detained as at press time with the organisers of the planned march vowing to take to the street to demonstrate. Warning parents and guardians to caution their wards against participating, the Police vowed to deal ruthless...
“DSS Saved Him From Setting Self Ablaze” – Lauretta Onochie On Sowore’s Arrest
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“DSS Saved Him From Setting Self Ablaze” – Lauretta Onochie On Sowore’s Arrest

Lauretta Onochie, social media aide to President Muhammadu Buhari, has said that the Department of State Security (DSS) saved Omoyele Sowore from setting himself ablaze. Mrs Onochie said this on Saturday as reactions follow the arrest of Mr Sowore, a former presidential candidate. Sowore was arrested at his apartment early Saturday and his phone seized when he tried to raise alarm over the invasion. The arrest is believed to be connected to the #RevolutionNow protests which is set to commence nationwide on August 5. Onochie, who has been severally involved in false claims, alleged that Sowore had threatened to set himself on fire in protest to President Buhari’s administration. “This Is What DSS Saved Sowore from. (See image) With talks about setting himself ablaze, it’s...
Oby Ezekwesili Reacts To Omoyele Sowore’s Arrest By DSS
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Oby Ezekwesili Reacts To Omoyele Sowore’s Arrest By DSS

Former presidential candidate, Oby Ezekwesili, has spoken against the arrest of the publisher of SaharaReporters, Omoyele Sowore, calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure his immediate release. Sowore, also a former presidential candidate, was arrested early Saturday by security operatives suspected to be from the Department of State Security (DSS). The arrest is believed to be connected to the #RevolutionNow protests which is set to commence nationwide on August 5. “All well-meaning Nigerians should stand with YeleSowore and defend his constitutional right and freedom to protest any matter of Governance that worries him,” Mrs Ezekwesili said on Twitter. “Mr Sowore’s convening of Citizens to protest Poor Governance – via #RevolutionNow- is Constitutionally guaranteed...
Shehu Sani Reacts To Omoyele Sowore’s Arrest
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Shehu Sani Reacts To Omoyele Sowore’s Arrest

Our democracy is a block of ice floating on warm waters.The sponsored protest and attacks on the @AmnestyNigeria stands condemned.The arrest & detention of @YeleSowore is needless.I join the call for his release #FreeSowore.
Atiku Reacts To The Arrest Of Sowore By DSS
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Atiku Reacts To The Arrest Of Sowore By DSS

Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 presidential election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has reacted over the arrest of the convener of #RevolutionNow protest, Omoyele Sowore. Igbere TV had reported that security operatives suspected to be from the Department of State Services (DSS) arrested the former presidential candidate, Omoyele Sowore, over the planned Aug. 5 protest. Sowore, who is also the publisher of Sahara Reporters, was arrested early Saturday. The publisher posted a distress tweet around 1:25 am, saying “DSS invades Sowore’s.” Reacting over the arrest, Atiku said freedom of speech was not only constitutionally guaranteed but remains a substructure of democracy. He tweeted: “Freedom of speech is not only constitutionally guaranteed, it is the subs...
Protesters At Amnesty International Caught Sharing Money – Deji Adeyanju
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Protesters At Amnesty International Caught Sharing Money – Deji Adeyanju

Pro Government Protesters Caught Sharing Money Before Storming Abuja Office Of Amnesty International Here is a video filmed by a driver, showing protesters sharing and dragging money before storming the Abuja office of Amnesty International. Rights activist, Deji Adeyanju who shared the video, wrote;   After the Government sponsored protest against Amnesty earlier came the money sharing formula. My driver captured it before my phone died. #RevolutionNow After the Government sponsored protest against Amnesty earlier came the money sharing formula. My driver captured it before my phone died. #RevolutionNow pic.twitter.com/n6RUEYRb2O — Comrade Deji Adeyanju (@adeyanjudeji) August 2, 2019 Yesterday, pro government protesters mounted a demonstration outside the Abuja off...
#RevolutionNow: Nigerians React To Sowore’s Arrest, #FreeSowore Trends On Twitter
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#RevolutionNow: Nigerians React To Sowore’s Arrest, #FreeSowore Trends On Twitter

Nigerians on social media have attacked President Muhammadu Buhari over the report alleging that Omoyele Sowore, a human rights activist and pro-democracy campaigner, Department of State Services operatives invades and arrests him in his apartment earlier today. Many Nigerians in their reaction accused Buhari of trying to use the DSS to intimidate Sowore so as not to carry out the planned #RevolutionNow protests slated for August 5. Many well-meaning Nigerians are also calling for the release of the pro-democracy campaigner using #Freesowore hashtag on Twitter. Security operatives suspected to be from the Department of State Security (DSS) have arrested a former presidential candidate, Omoyele Sowore. Sowore, who is also the publisher of SaharaReporters, was arrested early ...