By Uche Mbah
Omoleye Sowore, the Convener of #RevolutionNow, met with Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Federal Government-banned IPOB, to discuss a possible overthrow of the Muhammadu Buhari administration. This allegation was made by the DSS, while arguing an exparte motion before Hon. Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja, to grant its request to detain Sowore for 90 days pending the conclusion of its investigation.
Sowore was arrested last Saturday in Lagos by DSS operatives two days before the commencement of his revolution call meant, according to him, to draw attention to bad governance, suffering in the land, and youth unemployment. Sowore, a Presidential candidate during the 2019 elections, is also the Publisher of Sahara Reporters, an Online publication.
The DSS anchored its request on the provision of section 27(1) of the Terrorism(Prevention) Amendment Act. Meaning that in the eyes of the DSS, Sowore is a terrorist.
In providing a DVD of Sowore’s alleged meeting with Kanu, the DSS also said it has a recording of Sowore, allegedly, boasting that he was working with Sheik El Zakzaki’s IMN to pull the Buhari administration down.
Sowore’s lawyer, Femi Falana, SAN, was, not in court since it was an exparte motion – usually a one-sided event.
However, Justice Taiwo granted the DSS a detention order of 45 days, only, hinting that the order could be renewed, pending the conclusion of investigations.
Inspite of Sowore’s arrest, detention, and police warnings against the protest, it held in, at least, four major cities, including Abuja and Lagos. Security operatives were ruthless, almost, while trying to quash the protest and, in the process, arrested a number of people, including, at least, two journalists.
Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka, among some other prominent Nigerians, had condemned the arrest and detention of Sowore, asking for his immediate release.
Not a few Nigerians agree, however, that the 45 days detention order granted the DSS against Sowore, may be the beginning, for him, of a long detention spell.