Row grows over Sowore as Presidency, groups clash

Joseph Jibueze,  Nicholas Kalu and Gabriel Ogunjobi


THE controversy over the re-arrest of Omoyele Sowore continued on Monday.

Civil Society groups and others demanded his immediate release but the Presidency said his re-arrest “is not a desecration of the temple of justice”.

The rights group said Sowore’s re-arrest is an affront on the judiciary but the Presidency said millions of Nigerians are not worried by the activist-turned politician’s ordeal.

Sowore was re-arrested at a Federal High Court in Abuja last Friday.

Addressing reporters in Abuja yesterday,  a coalition of civil society organisations (CSOs), including Amnesty International, gave the Federal Government a 14-day ultimatum to release Sowore.

The CSOs, whose statement was read by ‘Yemi Adamolekun, of Enough is Enough Nigeria (EiE Nigeria), said they would occupy the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) offices  nationwide, if the government failed to free Sowore.

“We shall  call on patriots to…

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