The Department of State Services, DSS has transferred Sahara Reporters founder and pro-democracy campaigner, Omoyele Sowore, to Abuja following his arrest in Lagos on Saturday.
Omoyele Sowore was arrested at his apartment in Lagos after DSS allegedly invaded his home, taking him into custody area of his RevolutionNow protest scheduled to hold Monday August 5th.
According to a report by SaharaReporters,
“sources at the DSS said Sowore, who has been held incommunicado since Saturday when he was arrested and detained, is in a high-security detention facility of the service in Abuja.”
Sowore’s #RevolutionNow ‘Days of Rage’ protest is planned to challenge bad governance in Nigeria and to be held in most cities in the country.
According to the Nigerian Police, the protest RevolutionNow is a treasonable felony. See statement released by the Police below.
The attention of the Nigeria Police Force has been drawn to a video circulating on the social media by the ‘Global Coalition for Security and Democracy in Nigeria and others’, inciting Nigerians, home and abroad, to join a planned ‘revolution’ march against the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on Monday, 5th August, 2019 with the sole aim of forcing a regime change in the country.
The Force wishes to state unequivocally that the call amounts to treasonable felony and acts of terrorism and will therefore not stand idly-by and watch any individual or group in the society cause anarchy in the land.
While acknowledging the rights of Nigerians to embark on protest, the Force wishes to note that such rights should not translate to a violent and forceful change of government which clearly is the meaning of ‘revolution’.
Needless to state that Nigeria is a democratic republic and has well-defined processes for change of government, The Force therefore warns the organizers, sponsors, allies,
supporters, associates and sympathisers of the group ‘Global Coalition for Security and Democracy in Nigeria’ to, in their own interest, steer clear of any such planned protest, demonstration, acts of incitement and proposed “revolution”, as the full wrath of the law will be brought to bear on any individual or group engaged or found participating in the above planned criminal act.
Parents and Guardians are therefore enjoined to impress on their children and wards not to allow themselves to be used in whatever form by any person or group of persons to cause breach of law and order in the country.
The Police will work with other Law Enforcement Agencies and positive minded Nigerians to protect, defend and secure our public peace and space.