Officers of the State Security Service (SSS) stormed the Lagos residence of the publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, on Saturday, August 3, and arrested him following a tip-off of a protest planned for August 5.
The Civil Rights Group has now slammed the federal government for the publisher’s sudden arrest.
Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, leader of the Centre for Change, has described Sowore’s arrest as part of the “fledging culture of intolerance that may be gripping the country.”
“Except he has committed any other offence that we are not aware of, calling a protest cannot be a crime under any law to warrant anticipatory arrest as has been done. We demand immediate release of the activist whom we declare a prisoner of conscience for every minute he is held. We advise the government to temper its mood as this is a democracy and not military rule,” he stated.
Also, the Coalition Against Corruption and Bad Governance (CACOBAG) has described Sowore’s arrest as a demonstration of the increasing intolerance for criticism and opposition by President Muhammadu Buhari’s government.