Nigerian police forces have arrested human rights activist and Amnesty International designated Prisoner of Conscience, Omoyele Sowore, and other activists in Abuja who were carrying out a peaceful procession to mark the New Year.
Eyewitnesses say policemen suspected to be with the Rapid Response Squad stormed Gudu junction in Abuja, wounding Sowore before carting him away with other activists
“We were celebrating the New year at Gudu junction and we had companies in churches and clubs doing theirs around.
Within 10 minutes of our dancing and singing, I saw two vans approached us. I was on call with Mubo and had to cut to put on my camera when I saw 7 vans driving roughly and dangerously into us.
“The police immediately started attacking and beating people. Juwon and Damilare were attacked and injured. Sowore, who was about leaving before the attacks, then came to talk to the police guys. But they immediately attacked and broke his nose.”
“Sowore, Juwon and Damilare were taken to Abattoir Police station, Lokogoma”
To be updated later…