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UK government speaks on Sowore’s rearrest, asks FG to respect rule of law

The UK government has reacted to the drama which played out at the Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday December 6, just before Omoyele Sowore was arrested by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) while his trial was in session. The British High Commission in Nigeria in its tweet disclosed that it is following Sowore's detention closely. The commission also stated that respect for the rule of law and free and responsible speech is fundamental for democracy. It added that the UK government is committed to defending and strengthening human rights worldwide. The tweet reads; “As we celebrate #HumanRightsDay, we encourage all political, state and non-state actors to uphold the ideals set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, signed 71 years ago today. ...
Less Than 100,000 Nigerians ‘Making Noise’ – Femi Adesina On Sowore’s Rearrest
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Less Than 100,000 Nigerians ‘Making Noise’ – Femi Adesina On Sowore’s Rearrest

As more criticisms continue to trail the incident that led to the rearrest of the convener of #RevolutionNow protests, Omoyele Sowore, the Presidency has insisted the Department of State Services (DSS) acted within the law. Appearing as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, believes only a few people are unhappy with Sowore’s rearrest. “You can’t just take the opinion of a vocal minority and then conclude that the country is in an uproar,” he said on Monday. The presidential aide added, “When 100,000 (people) are making noise in the media – both social and traditional, you think the whole country is in an uproar. “There are millions and millions and millions of people who are not bothe...
Wole Soyinka Centre Postpones Award To Osinbajo In Protest Against Sowore’s Rearrest
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Wole Soyinka Centre Postpones Award To Osinbajo In Protest Against Sowore’s Rearrest

The Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ) says it has postponed the integrity award to be presented to Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo to protest against Omoyele Sowore’s rearrest in court. In a statement on Monday, the centre said honouring Osinbajo with the award in the light of recent protests against Sowore’s travails and the “repression“ of free speech will be inappropriate. The WSCIJ earlier announced that it would present an ‘integrity specialty of the anti-corruption defender award’ to the vice-president at its annual award ceremony in Lagos. It had said the recognition is for Osinbajo’s “invaluable work of overhauling the Lagos State Judiciary, facilitating far-reaching reforms in the administration of justice in the state, his work of promoting integr...
Sowore: “You Owe Nigerians An Explanation’ – Sagay Tells DSS
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Sowore: “You Owe Nigerians An Explanation’ – Sagay Tells DSS

Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN) on Sunday faulted the re-arrest of Omoyele Sowore by the Directorate of State Services (DSS). He said the secret service owed Nigerians an explanation for invading the premises of a Federal High Court in Abuja to re-arrest Sowore. The DSS said in a statement that Sowore “resorted to acts inimical to security” shortly after being released from custody. “The service is committed to the discharge of its mandate of detecting and preventing threats against the internal security of Nigeria,” the DSS said in a statement by its spokesman, Dr Peter Afunanya. But, Sagay said: “I agree that the DSS (operatives) have their job. They don’t need the approval of the Presidency to do their job...
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Presidency Justifies Sowore’s Rearrest, Says He’s Person Of Interest To DSS

The Presidency has justified the re arrest of the convener of #RevolutionNow, Omoyele Sowore, by the operatives of Department of State Services (DSS), by stating that the latter was planning a revolution to overthrow a democratically elected government of Nigeria. Global outrage has continued to trail Friday morning rearrest of Sowore in the premises of the Federal High Court of Abuja, by DSS officers, few hours after he was released on bail by Justice Ifeoma Ojukwu The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity, Garba Shehu, said in a statement on Sunday that the DSS was only exercising its power by rearresting Sowore. The presidential spokesman accused Sowore of calling for a revolution to overthrow the democratically elected government of Nigeria, adding...
(Full Text) NBA Reacts To DSS Court Invasion And Sowore’s Rearrest
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(Full Text) NBA Reacts To DSS Court Invasion And Sowore’s Rearrest

The Nigerian Bar Association has reacted to the Friday invasion of the Federal High Court, Abuja, by operatives of the Department of State Services in an attempt to rearrest Mr. Omoyele Sowore, who had been released less that 12 hours before. See the full statement: DESECRATION AND ASSAULT ON THE FEDERAL HIGH COURT BY DSS: NBA URGES ALL NIGERIANS TO DEFEND THE RULE OF LAW The Nigerian Bar Association is greatly dismayed at the exhibition of primitivity, thuggery, insane passion for lawlessness, contempt and disrespect for the rule of law by the agents of the Department of State Services (DSS) within the precints of the Federal High Court, Abuja while attempting to re-arrest Citizens Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare earlier today. Eventually Sowore and Bakare were re-arrest...
“No Matter Whose Side You Are On, Sowore’s Rearrest Cannot Be Right” – Akin Alabi
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“No Matter Whose Side You Are On, Sowore’s Rearrest Cannot Be Right” – Akin Alabi

Businessman-cum-Politician Akin Alabi has reacted to to the rearrest of the convener of RevolutionNow protest, Omoyele Sowore by the Department of State Services (DSS). The DSS will have to explain why Sowore was rearrested. And the reason has to be HUGE. We just debated on the floor yesterday about separation of powers but this is a desecration of the judiciary. No matter whose side you are on, this cannot be right in anyway.
US Senator, Menendez, Condemns Sowore’s Rearrest, Promises High Level Intervention
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US Senator, Menendez, Condemns Sowore’s Rearrest, Promises High Level Intervention

Senator Bob Menendez, a ranking member of the United States Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee, has condemned the rearrest of human rights activist, Omoyele Sowore, on Friday at the Federal High Court, Abuja. Sowore, who was first arrested on August 3, 2019 by operatives of the Department of State Services for calling on Nigerians to take to the streets in peaceful demonstrations but only released on Thursday evening despite two court orders directing his freedom much earlier, was rearrested on Friday by the DSS. In a statement on Friday, Menendez, who had been involved in attempts to pressure the Nigerian Government, promised US intervention in the matter over Sowore's case. He said, “I am outraged by the blatant harassment of Omoyele Sowore, an activist and journalist whose ...