Unic Press UK: The Nigeria government is, through the State Security Services, praying the Federal High Court in Abuja judicial division to grant an application that the Sahara Reporters publisher, Omoyele Sowore, be held in custody for 90 days, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
Sowore, who is one of the organizers of the August 5 peaceful protest tagged #RevolutionNow, was arrested by the Nigerian secret service, popularly called the Department of State Security (DSS), on Saturday.
The government position is that revolution is an attempt to force a regime change, overthrow the government.
In a press statement August 3, the Inspector General of Police (IG), Mohammed Adamu said that an attempt at a revolution or regime change is treasonable felony and act of terror. In a statement Saturday. Adamu said:
“The attention of the Nigeria Police Force has been drawn to a video circulating on the social media by the ‘Global Coalition for Security and Democracy in Nigeria and others’, inciting Nigerians, home and abroad, to join a planned ‘revolution’ march against the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on Monday, 5th August, 2019 with the sole aim of forcing a regime change in the country. The Force wishes to state unequivocally that the call amounts to treasonable felony and acts of terrorism and will therefore not stand idly-by and watch any individual or group in the society cause anarchy in the land.”
Judge Taiwo adjourned the case to Thursday, August 8, 2019.