Richard Ginika Izuora
The Amnesty International, has on Tuesday, January 5, demanded from the Federal Government the immediate release of Sahara Reporters’ publisher, Omoyele Sowore, and four other activists who were remanded in the Kuje Correctional Centre on Monday.
This was contained in a tweet issued by Amnesty International on Tuesday.
“Nigerian must authorities to immediately and unconditionally release activist Omoyele Sowore and other activists who were arrested by the police during a New Year’s Eve peaceful protest in Abuja,”the organisation tweeted.
Sowore and the other activists were arrested on New Year’s Eve in Abuja for holding a protest against bad governance.
They were subsequently arraigned on three charges of criminal conspiracy; unlawful assembly; and attempting to incite others but the activists denied the charges.
Sowore, who was earlier declared a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International in 2019, was detained for several months by the Buhari regime for allegedly calling for a revolution.
He was denied bail several times and even re-arrested inside the Federal High Court. However, he was released after domestic and international pressure in December 2019.