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Protest: Free Sowore now – Amnesty Int’l tells Nigerian authorities

By Oluwaseun Sonde

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The Amnesty International has called on Nigerian authorities to immediately and unconditionally release activist Omoyele Sowore and other activists who were arrested by the police during a New Year’s Eve peaceful protest in Abuja.

In its official social platform on Saturday, Amnesty described Activist Sowore as Amnesty International’s Prisoner of Conscience who is currently facing unfair trials on the basis of bogus and politically motivated charges.

Adding that the arrest solely for peacefully exercising their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly is a flagrant violation of the Nigerian Constitution of 1999 [as amended] and the country’s international human rights obligations.

The international body noted that Sowore’s continued detention is a matter of concern for Nigeria, as his case shows just how far Nigerian authorities can go to silence peaceful dissent. “The government of President Muhammadu Buhari must stop targeting activists and respect the human rights of everyone”.

Also, Amnesty International called on the authorities to carry out a prompt, thorough, and effective investigation into allegations of torture and other ill-treatment during the period leading to the arrest of Sowore and other activists.


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