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Why Police Arrested Omoyele Sowore

Former presidential candidate and Nigerian Journalist, Omoyele Sowore, has been arrested by the Nigeria Police Force.

The Sahara Reporters was arrested for his alleged role in a crossover protest organized in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

Abuja Business Reports gathered that some policemen, believed to be with the Rapid Response Squad, stormed Gudu junction in Abuja, where the procession was being held, wounded Sowore before hauling him away.

Sowore was arrested with some other protesters who had gathered at the procession.

Protesters who escaped arrest told Premium Times that the human rights activist was hauled away in one of seven vans driven to the venue by the police.

Sowore had charged Nigerians, through his twitter account, to come out on New year’s eve, “pick up a candle and a placard” expressing their grievances towards the government.

Sowore’s charge spurred reactions in Kaduna, Ondo and Abuja. In many videos of the procession on Social media, protesters danced around the candles and raised placards challenging insecurity, bad governance and electricity in the country.

“#2020 We will resist any form of bad governance and oppressions with a protest #RevolutionNow,” one placard read.

Sowore’s recent arrest will be his second in 17 months. He was arrested on August 3, 2019 ahead of planned #RevolutionNow protested slated for August 5 that year.

He was later released on bail on the orders of the court and restricted to the country’s federal capital.

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