The Oasis Reporters
November 7, 2019
US based Nigerian born Rights lawyer, Emmanuel Ogebe has reacted to the release and rearrest of Omoyele Sowore by Nigeria’s Department of State Services, DSS, thus :
“The re-arrest Of Sowore and Bakare is a resurgence of barbarism of the highest order.
It is clearly a tactical blunder coming on the heels of US Senator Menendez’s letter to Ambassador Nsofor regarding their detention barely a week ago. This is not only wicked, but witless. It has stolen defeat from the jaws of victory!
He was released on Thursday evening after the Federal High Court in Abuja ordered his release for the third time”.
US based publisher and former presidential candidate, Omoyele Sowore regained freedom more than three months (125 days) after he was arrested by the Department of State Services (DSS).
Sowore was arrested and charged to court by the Nigerian government for planning a nationwide protest, tagged #RevolutionNow.
He was released on Thursday evening after the Federal High Court in Abuja ordered his release for the third time.
Sowore was nabbed again as he appeared in court on Friday for commencement of trial.
It may be recalled that Omoyele Sowore fully deployed his online newspaper to malign, manufacture lies and spread false rumors against former president Goodluck Jonathan. Each time he sneaked into the country, the then government of Jonathan knew, but he was neither apprehended or cautioned. He was simply ignored.
Sowore went further to grant an interview to Premium Times, describing Goodluck Jonathan as the worst Nigerian leader, ever. The then leader who had just signed the freedom of information bill (FOI) into law, simply let Sowore who had teamed up with Gen. Muhammadu Buhari’s party, the APC to defeat Jonathan in a 2015 presidential election that Jonathan conceded. Sowore was later seen in videos celebrating Buhari’s win and Jonathan’s loss.
Sowore’s mother was also seen in a video circulating on Instagram, telling President Buhari that her son is not a criminal while pleading for his release.
However, many Nigerians believe that Sowore lacks the clout and following to carry out any revolutionary protest successfully and that his detention may unwittingly be adding peps to his bragging rights as a political detainee.