FG Wrong To Try Sowore – Human Rights Activist
By Olamide Fadoju
With #RevolutionNow Convener Omoyele Sowore expected to appear in court on Tuesday, Chairman, Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR), Lagos State branch, Comrade Alex Omotehinshe has criticized the DSS' trial of the former presidential aspirant.
Comrade Alex while speaking today as a guest on Morning crossfire on Nigeria info 99.3 FM stated that the # RevolutionNow protest was “bloodless” and shouldn’t be considered as treason.
In his words, “Some of us at the stadium on August 5 saw that it was a peaceful demonstration in a garden at the stadium not until interruption by some policemen who I believe were on some serious assignment.”
“It wasn’t a bloody revolution, it was specified, they declared revolution on the education sector, revolution on the electricity sector, health sector, implementation of the minimum wage. It was about five points agenda”
He further said that it was clear that Sowore and the protesters posed no threat to the government and what they did could not be termed as “treasonable gathering”
Sowore was arrested in the early hours of Saturday, August 3 in Lagos by men of the Department of State Service on account of the #RevolutionNow protest which he had spearheaded.
The Federal High Court subsequently granted the DSS the right to detention for a period of 45 days to enable the agency to conclude its investigation of alleged treason and terrorism against the defendant.
On Friday 20 September, he was placed on a seven-count charge of treasonable felony and money laundering by the Nigerian government and is due to appear in court on Tuesday, September 24 after 52 days in detention.