The convener of the #RevolutionNow protest has raised an alarm over an alleged plot by the Nigerian government to detain him over revelations made by his news outlet, SaharaReporters.
On Monday, SaharaReporters broke the news that the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Abba Kyari, had tested positive for the coronavirus while reporting that some other top officials at Aso Rock had also contracted the virus.
The presidency has not rebuffed any of those claims as false but is now allegedly plotting to turn their anger on Sowore and SaharaReporters.
In a message Sowore shared with his followers, the #RevolutionNow convener warned them of the tense and difficult days ahead as the Nigerian government, through the army, is trying to detain him again.
He alleged that he got intel from his lawyers that the government sent a high-powered delegation to the Federal High Court in Abuja to obtain a detention order, even though the courts are on break.
"Folks, it is important to inform you that we are facing some unusual circumstances and the days ahead might be very tensed and difficult, but we will conquer,” he stated.
"Following the revelation by SaharaReporters that the Chief of Staff to Buhari, Abba Kyari, contracted Coronavirus and subsequent revelations about the criminal conducts/negligence that has brought Nigeria to the nadir of this global pandemic, the Buhari regime today sent some high powered delegation to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court of Nigeria to help procure a detention order against me.
"The courts are reportedly on break due to COVID-19 pandemic. This was leaked to our lawyers a few minutes ago. They plan this time is to use the Nigerian Army for the sinister plot.
"The plan is to obtain a court order and then send soldiers to shoot up my residence in Abuja by claiming that I resisted arrest with armed colleagues.
"If I am arrested alive, they would take me to a military barracks in Abuja to be tortured and or infected with COVID-19.
"I am not raising the alarm to scare anyone, it is to inform our compatriots that we should brace for difficult days ahead.
"However, rest assured that we are in high spirits and are totally convinced that we may be turning a historic corner in the face of brutal repression.
"I am urging all to stand firm, unbowed and unbroken."
Sowore was first arrested by the DSS in the early hours of August 3, 2019, after he called on Nigerians to take to the streets in a protest, which was tagged #RevolutionNow.
He was detained until December 5, 2019, when he was finally released on bail. This was after two court orders sanctioning his freedom had been ignored by the DSS.
Sowore was again arrested on December 6, 2019, when DSS operatives invaded the Federal High Court in Abuja to rearrest him in a twist of events. He regained his freedom 18 days after his second arrest.
Several of the charges against him have since been dropped by the prosecution after they failed to prove the accusations against him.
He is currently in Abuja and cannot leave the capital city, as one of his bail conditions forbids him from leaving the city or speaking with journalists until the end of his trial.