Human rights activist, Omoyele Sowore, has sent a wake-up to Nigerians, demanding for the release of 13 detainees who were arrested night raid at residence of popular Yoruba nation’s agitator, Mr. Sunday Adeyemo better known as Sunday Igboho.
Recall that Igboho was arrested and charged to court with his German wife by the government of Benin after he fled from his house in Ibadan Oyo State Capital which came under attack by operatives of Nigeria secret police on July 1, 2021.
Two guards were allegedly killed in gun battle with security personnel and 13 others including a woman was arrested by for alleged insurrection against the Federal Republic of Nigeria and illegal possession of firearms during the night raid at the residence.
Ahead of the resumed trial of the detainees at the Federal High court 9 in Abuja, on Friday July 23rd 2021, Sowore, appealed to the coalition of the willing and Nigerians to demand for the unconditional release of the detainees and Igboho.
Reflecting on the concern in a post on Facebook, Sowore who is had also facing trial for convening Revolution Now protest in Nigeria, also call for the release of Nigerians who were thrown into detention by the Nigerian government for protests.
Sowore who decried alleged human rights abuses and crackdown on protesters by the government, wrote: “Victims of State terror: We invite your presence at the Federal High Court 9 Abuja tomorrow to demand release of 13 persons arrested and illegally detained by the lawless DSS after their illegal late night raid on Sunday Ighoho’s house in Ibadan. A court hearing to get them released unconditionally will hold at the court tomorrow (Friday) July 23, 2021”.
He said: “All interested person are to arrive at 9am prompt. The only way Muhammadu Buhari can get away with crimes against humanity will be because we fail to unite and denounce his terroristic ways and call his bluff. Only if good people stay silent! #BuhariMustGo #RevolutionNow #FreeSundayIgboho #FreeZakzaky #FreeNnamdiKanu #FreeDunamis5”.
TheNewspad reports that the alleged plans by the Nigerian government to extradite Igboho who had been declared wanted by the Department of State Security Service, DSS, from the Republic of Benin, have been resisted by some Nigerians, amidst worries that he may not get a fair trial in Nigeria under the grip of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Editor’s note: The featured photograph of a #Revolution Now protester issuing a stern warning to a police woman in Lagos State was used to illustrate the report: File.