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Revolution Struggle: Detaining Sowore Indefinitely Crude, Undemocratic, Brazen, Draconian – OPAN

OMOYELE SOWORE 

BY FRANCIS IWUCHUKWU, LAGOS 

The Department of State Security, DSS, should without any further delay effect the release of the Publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore.

The request came from the Online Publishers Association of Nigeria, OPAN, which equally condemned the arrest of Sowore by the operatives of the DSS.

In a statement jointly signed by the group's President and General Secretary, Austyn Ogannah and Daniel Elombah respectively, and dated July 5, 2019, the Association asked the DSS to immediately, “Charge Mr. Sowore before a competent court if it feels the journalist and activist-cum politician has broken the law of the land.

"Detaining Sowore indefinitely without access to his lawyer or charging him to court is crude, undemocratic, brazen and draconian. 

“He should be freed immediately or charged to court if indeed the state has a case against him.

“The right of Sowore, any other person or group to protest against the Federal Government is guaranteed by the Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

The group further warned against trampling on the clear provisions of the Nigerian Constitution, particularly section 40 of 1999 Constitution which protects the right of every Nigerian to stage peaceful protests.

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