Nigerians have taken to their social platforms to condemn the arrest of human rights activist, Omoyele Sowore, and others advocating strongly for their immediate release.
Sowore was arrested on the early hours of Friday in Abuja, the nation’s capital, by Nigerian security forces alongside other activists while carrying out a peaceful procession to mark the New Year.
Below are some of the tweets gathered by the movement:
ERomZ #[email protected]Just confirmed the news that @YeleSowore@AyowoleSanyaolu and other activists have been injured and abducted by the men of the police force. I wonder how our leaders do this on the first day of the year and expect us to trust them for the rest of it! We no go gree!
[email protected]_ayangokeThe way F.G is quick to round up, arrest and prosecute protesters while hoodlums, terrorists destroy the country surprises me so much. If you ask me? Yes I want Sowore freed. It’s not a crime to demand better and this administration will not silent us. Never
FESTUS [email protected]My heart breaks that #FreeSowore is the first tweet I’ll be doing in the year 2021. The level of lawlessness, impunity and crass tyranny in Nigeria is disturbing and worrisome.
Kemi Olunloyo [email protected]37yrs ago today January 1st 1984, my dad, Bianca Ojukwu’s dad late Gov Onoh arrested by @MBuhari, thrown into a crowded cell with several governors to sleep on the floor at Panti, even arrested Shagari to probe them after his coup. Today history repeated
Welcome to 2021. The news that Sowore & others were arrested overnight by @PoliceNG over #CrossoverWithProtest is not the way to start Happy New Year, We can’t end 2020 with lawlessness & begin with such in 2021. We demand the release of all arrested immediately. #FreeSowore