- The Nigeria Labour congress has condemned the arrest of Omoyele Sowore and other RevolutionNow protesters
- Sowore, who was the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress in the 2019 general elections, was arrested by the DSS on Saturday, August 3
- The NLC says his actions do not threaten the sovereignty of Nigeria or the government of the country
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has condemned the arrest of the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), Omoyele Sowore, by the Department of State Services (DSS).
Recall that Sowore was arrested on Saturday, August 3, for calling for nationwide protests tagged RevolutionNow.
The NLC expressed its displeasure over Sowore's arrest in a statement signed by its general secretary, Peter Ozo-Eson.
The statement read: "It is with deep consternation that we view the attacks and arrests of peaceful protesters in some parts of the country by security agencies and military personnel on Monday during a protest by some Nigerians in Lagos, Osogbo, Ibadan, Abuja and other cities.
"There is nowhere in our constitution or laws that the security agencies are empowered to so brazenly attack peaceful protests and hound its organisers into detention as 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.
"We also view the midnight arrest of one of the organisers of the protests, Mr Omoyele Sowore as an afront on his fundamental rights as well as our collective rights to freedom of expression and association as enshrined in all the international and national instruments that strengthen democracy."
The NLC said that Sowore's detention lacks any justification as his actions were not in any way threats to Nigeria's sovereignty of the government of the country.
The statement added: "He was just one out of several Nigerians demanding for good governance being the minimum demand citizens can make from a government they democratically elected. Mr Sowore and other protesters were not carrying arms against the state and we, therefore, demand their immediate release unconditionally."
Legit.ng previously reported that a former minister of education and human rights activist, Oby Ezekwesili, demanded the immediate release of Omoyele Sowore, who was arrested by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) on Saturday, August 3 over a planned protest against the government.
Ezekwesili, who faulted the arrest of Sowore as unconstitutional, said the detention of the journalist was a repression against the rights of citizens.
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