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African Action Congress Demands Sowore Immediate Release From Detention

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Can the present APC-led FG in good conscience, say that things are so good in Nigeria today that nobody can complain? The systematic assault on the rights of Nigerians by way of surreptitious raids of impunity, and the illegal removal of a sitting CJN without recourse to the rule of law, electoral heist and corruption of the 2019 general elections, the rampant and worsening corruption and impunity of the ruling class, the massive and ubiquitous killings, and general insecurity in Nigeria are enough reasons for concern, and basis for Nigerians to ask questions. Kofo Beckley, National Media Task Force Committee Of The AAC

The African Action Congress (AAC) party has demanded the immediate release of their National Chairman, Omoyele Sowore, who has been detained by the Department of State Service since August 2, 2019.

DSS claimed that Sowore’s call for nationwide protests on August 5, tagged RevolutionNow, was an insurrection aimed at a forceful takeover of the Buhari’s government.

Political activist Wole Soyinka, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, human right lawyer Femi Falana, former Minister of Aviation Femi Fani Kayode, senator Shehu Sani, activist Deji Adeyanju, Popular rapper Falz, lawyer Johnson Omede, afro-beat singer Seun Kuti, veteran actress Iretiola Doyle, and many prominent Nigerians have condemned the arrest of pro-democracy campaigner, former presidential candidate, and founder of online news agency Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore.

According to the statement released by Kofo Beckley, African Action Congress – Media Team “It, therefore, becomes worrisome that the primordial right to liberty has ceased to be a reason to seek a proper trial on notice. Rather, Nigerians are confronted with the arm twisting ambushing of an ex-parte ruling. It is quite appalling that a call for Revolution, the battle cry of the self-confessed, repentant, dictator turned President Muhammadu Buhari, was a prelude to the 2015 general elections. Same Revolution for which Omoyele Sowore has advanced, but for which reason he is now being accused of treasonable felony.”

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The African Action Congress (AAC) party has spoken out against the unconstitutional detention of its National Chairman and former presidential candidate, Comrade Omoyele Sowore.

The party notes that civil liberty of Nigerians to freedom of expression and assembly is a fundamental part of the 1999 constitution (as amended), which provides for citizens NOT to be held in police custody beyond 48 hours without arraignment.

It will be recalled that the Department of State Security(DSS) did raid on Sowore’s residence to abduct him in the early hours of Saturday, August 3 for no just cause. To further deprive him of constitutional rights was his initial denial of access to family and associates, and subsequent ex-parte applications filed by the DSS for 90-days detention of Sowore to enable them to commence an investigation.

It, therefore, becomes worrisome that the primordial right to liberty has ceased to be a reason to seek a proper trial on notice. Rather, Nigerians are confronted with the arm twisting ambushing of an ex-parte ruling. It is quite appalling that a call for Revolution, the battle cry of the self-confessed, repentant, dictator turned President Muhammadu Buhari, was a prelude to the 2015 general elections. Same Revolution for which Omoyele Sowore has advanced, but for which reason he is now being accused of treasonable felony.

In the same vein, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu had called for Revolution about the same period as Buhari, but he has not at any time, been accused of betraying his country. Neither has he been arrested for attempting to overthrow a government. One then wonders if Nigeria is now George Orwell’s animal farm where ‘some animals are more equal than the others’.

Can the present APC-led FG in good conscience, say that things are so good in Nigeria today that nobody can complain? The systematic assault on the rights of Nigerians by way of surreptitious raids of impunity, and the illegal removal of a sitting CJN without recourse to the rule of law, electoral heist and corruption of the 2019 general elections, the rampant and worsening corruption and impunity of the ruling class, the massive and ubiquitous killings, and general insecurity in Nigeria are enough reasons for concern, and basis for Nigerians to ask questions.

Should Nigeria retrogress to the point in which citizens now freely seek a return to the pre-2015 era in which citizens (including President Buhari, Bola Tinubu and even Sowore) rallied for a better alternative without repression, from the government of the time? Should the incompetence and lethargic pace of governance in Nigeria today continue unchallenged? What future do that hold for our country and her unborn generations?

Given these unsavoury realities, the AAC party makes the following demands;

  1. Immediate and unconditional release of Omoyele Sowore.
  2. A halt to the systemic assault on our party constitution via leadership cloning of fifth-columnists within the party.
  3. An undertaken by the FG to immediately commence action to address the issues raised in the Revolution now protests.

Nigeria is not a lawless enclave. Our constitution remains a guiding tool in the wheel of administration.

KOFO BECKLEY

For Media Team

African Action Congress

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