Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar described Mr. Omoyele Sowore’s Saturday morning detention as “abduction under the guise of detention.” Omoyele, publisher of the internet media, Sahara Reporters, who was also the African Action Congress ‘ presidential candidate in the February 2019 General Election, was detained on Saturday by State Services operatives at his home.
The politician said the action is condemned, stating, “Freedom of expression is not only guaranteed constitutionally, it is our democracy’ right
Atiku, also the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the same election, stated his view via his verified Twitter handle @atiku on Saturday.
Critics of the arrest of the human rights activist think that the DSS action was based on his scheduled nationwide protests.
Sowore had expressed the intention of spearheading nationwide protests against the federal government, tagged’ #RevolutionNow Days of Rage,’ scheduled for Monday, August 5, 2019. Before he was arrested today, he later added another tweet which could be a confirmation that his phone must have been seized while trying to raise the alarm about his arrest.
Late last month, on July 31, Sowore was reportedly barred from giving a lecture as the guest speaker at an event organized by the Muslim Students Society of Nigeria, University of Lagos Chapter.