Civil Society Organisation, Coalition for Revolution (CORE), has reacted against the threat to the life of human rights activist, Omoyele Sowore.
Sowore, in his tweet on Wednesday, had raised alarm over plot by the Nigerian military to be either arrested or killed. His alarm over the threat came in the middle of the continuous clampdown on major actors and promoters of the #EndSARS protest.
In a statement by the movement’s co-coveners, Baba Aye and Gbenga Komolafe, CORE expresses its stance against the threats to one of its frontiers leaders.
“We receive the report of death and re-incarceration threats against Omoyele Sowore with grave concern. Sowore is the National Chair of the African Action Congress and a leader of CORE. In utter contempt of court rulings, the regime’s secret police kept him detained for almost five months last year. This was for his leading role in our launch of the RevolutionNow campaign, in which a competent court of law has equally ruled as not only legitimate but also within our constitutional rights.
“The Major General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.) led regime has since then kept him restricted to Abuja under absurdly stringent bail conditions. This was after a show of shame where security personnel stormed the supposedly hallowed chambers of the court last December to re-arrest him after they were initially forced to release him.
“Coming on the heels of the state’s draconian crackdown on poor Nigerians described as “looters” for reclaiming COVID-19 palliatives, and EndSARS protests promoters, this palpable threat is worrisome and must be confronted by all well-meaning persons and civic organisations, home and abroad. The government should rather be compelled to lift the extra-incarceration detention of Sowore which unjustly limits him to the federal capital territory.
“The rash of repressive measures of the state against the people includes freezing of the bank accounts of twenty citizens, placing “no-fly” instructions to ban EndSARS promoters from travelling out of the country and seizing the passports of those like Mrs. Modupe Odele who attempted to fly.
“CORE activist, Olawale Bakare (Mandate), who was also charged with Sowore, has been chase around Osogbo by security forces as if he were a criminal. These make the news, muted as it still might be, of intentions to kill or rearrest Omoyele Sowore quite credible.
The movement moved to stress their non-tolerance over the attacks and trumped-up charges being leveled against Sowore.
CORE also call on other Civil Society Organisations, trade unions, professional associations, including human rights bodies nationally and globally to callout the regime and demand it desists from threats to the life and wellbeing of ‘Yele Sowore and every state-sponsored attack on activists forthwith.