Thursday July 8, 2019
The Centre for Change has received with dismay, the ruling of the Federal High Court, which granted the Department of State Services DSS a 45 days request to further hold in custody, activist and publisher of Sahara Reporters, Mr Omoyele Sowore.
We find it disturbing, that despite the speed at which Mr Sowore was arrested by the DSS, over the planned nationwide protest by his group and other civil society partners, the DSS could publicly claim that it is yet to conclude its investigations into the culpability or otherwise, of Mr Sowore, in the purported planned revolution, against the Nigerian government.
We insist, that if there is any iota of truth in the allegations being leveled against Mr Sowore, by the Federal government, it should be courageous enough to prosecute same in the open court, without further delay.
We call on the Nigerian authorities to end the harassment and intimidation of individuals and groups that legitimately criticize government action and policies, including Mr Omoyele Sowore.
Omoyele Sowore should either be charged within the constitutionally guaranteed 48-hour period or released unconditionally.
An injustice to one, is an injustice to all!
Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin,
President, Centre for Change.