Richard Ginika Izuora
Activist and publisher of SaharaReporters, Omoyele Sowore, on Thursday, November 12; claimed the Nigerian government is plotting to arrest or kill him over the #EndSARS protests.
Sowore was arrested in August 2019 by operatives of the State Security Service in Lagos; just ahead of the #RevolutionNow protests which he inspired months after losing in the 2019 presidential election.
He was later released in December on bail. His movement is currently confined to the Federal Capital Territory, based on his bail conditions.
In a series of tweets on Wednesday; Sowore accused the Chief of Staff to the President, Ibrahim Gambari, and some other high-profile officials of the government of either masterminding or bankrolling the plot to either arrest or kill him.
“Info reaching me now is that a signal from Directorate of Military Intelligence DIA has put a bounty on my head; that I must be arrested or murdered as they claim I’d resist arrest in the next 24hrs! This is from the Defence HQ here in Abuja! Be it known that this can’t affect the struggle for freedom,” Sowore tweeted.
“The plot against me has been on for weeks now; and I’ve been aware until the signal sent to security agencies leaked tonight. There is a businessman linked with the @mbuhari regime who’s threatened me for weeks unending since #endsars started.”
He alleged Attorney-General Abubakar Malami secured an order against him and his newspaper; before Justice AB Muhammed of the FCT High Court in disguise to distance himself from the alleged plot.
Sowore also accused the Nigerian police of “stealing” his vehicles at the National Assembly where he had led a protest.
He wrote: “Just yesterday @MalamiSan went to an FCT court headed by Justice AB Muhammed to obtain an exparte order against me and @SaharaReporters. He wants to make it look like his part of it is “civil” to pretend he wasn’t part of the assassination squad they put together!
“The @policeng team dispatched to the NASS on Friday opened fire on me and stole one of my vehicles, they refused to return it even it was meant for PRESS duties, the FCT Police Commissioner, Bala Ciroma told me the car committed a crime and will be charged, it was shocking.
“Over the week their minions wrote press releases, letters to foreign embassies, @TheNationNews was generous in claiming some “Genuine EndSars” people want me arrested. The @HQNigerianArmy had a team of @twitter influencers on Sunday suggesting I should be assassinated.”