Femi Falani, Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), condemned the repression of the Sahara Reporter, a publication founded by Omoyele Sowore and the invasion of the structures of the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) in which a pro-Sowore protest it was scheduled for Wednesday.
In a coordinated exercise, security agents besieged the Sahara reporters’ offices and the CDHR in Lagos.
Sowore, a candidate at the African Action Congress (AAC) in the 2019 presidential election, was arrested in August by the State Services Department (DSS), which accused him of threatening public peace with his planned national protest #RevolutionNow.
Subsequently, the DSS received an order to stop it for 45 days.
In a statement on Wednesday, Falana, who is Sowore’s lawyer, condemned the arrest of his client and some others.
“Contrary to the order of the federal high court that Mr. Sowore be detained for 45 days, the State Security Service has incarcerated him for 47 days,” he said.
“Last week, the federal high court turned down the application for the renewal of its order for the detention of Messrs Agba Jalingo and Ekanem Ekpo for 14 days. In spite of the expiration of the detention order of the two journalists they are being held by the Police in Cross River. Mr. Abayomi Olawale who was arrested on August 5, 2019 has been detained for 45 days by the State Security Service without any court order whatsoever. These detainees and scores of others languishing in illegal custody ought to be released forthwith.
“While congratulating the organisers of the symposium for successfully holding the programme at another venue, the harassment of law -abiding citizens cannot be tolerated under a regime that is busy negotiating with bandits and terrorists, bribing them with public funds and granting them amnesty.”