The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), on Wednesday, urged the Federal Government to release Omoyele Sowore and 26 others arrested on Monday over the #RevolutionNow protest.
The Publisher of Sahara Reporters was, on Saturday, picked up in Lagos by the men of the Department of State Service before moving him to Abuja on Sunday morning where is presently being detained for the botched protest he had spearheaded.
NLC, upon hearing that the DSS had requested for additional 90 days from the High Court, Abuja, to further keep the former presidential candidate in their custody, had to call the government to release him with immediate effect.
Dr. Peter Ozo-Eson, the NLC General Seceretary, in a statement on Wednesday said the right to peaceful protests, assembly and association is fully guaranteed by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria under sections 39 and 40.
He added that the violent attack on the protesters by the security men was a violation of fundamental human rights as enshrined in the constitution.
“Besides, peaceful protests against perceived anti-people government policies is one of the critical fundamental rights that expands the entrenchment and growth of democracy.
“Sowore and other protesters were not carrying arms against the state and we therefore demand their immediate release unconditionally,” he stated.