VIDEO: Activists storm Nigeria’s Mission in London to demande release of Omoyele Sowore Updated for 2021

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Updated: March 6, 2021

WASHINGTON (TODAY NEWS AFRICA USA) – Nigerian activists on Tuesday stormed the country’s High Commission in the United Kingdom to demande the immediate and unconditional release of detained New York-based human rights crusader and politician, Omoyele Sowore.

Heavily armed men from the Nigerian secret police stormed a Lagos hotel late last week and arrested Sowore, just two days to nationwide protests he was meant to lead on Monday, August 5.

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The administration of President Muhammadu Buhari claimed it was being proactive by preventing the overthrow of the federal government.

The secret police told journalists that Sowore had crossed the red line by calling for a revolution.

In London on Tuesday, the activists led by International human rights crusader, Samson Akinola, said they were calling for a “social revolution” and not the overthrow of the Buhari administration as mischaracterized by the Nigerian government.

They said a social revolution was their constitutional right, before adding “Free Sowore now”.

The London activists were joining others who had condemned the arrest of Sowore, including Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka, and U.S. State Department decorated activist Dr Joe Okei-Odumakin.

Anger has been metastasizing across the world since Sowore was arrested on August 3 and deep rooted grievances that have remained underneath were beginning to come out.

If one thing, the arrest is uniting Nigerian activists against chronic poverty, mismanagement, rampant corruption and widespread insecurity in their country.

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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