The United States government has expressed concerns over the rearrest of former presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), Mr. Omoyele Sowore, by the Department of State Security Services (DSS) on Friday.
Sowore, the convener of the ‘Revolution Now’ movement, was rearrested and eventually detained barely 24 hours after the security agency had released him following a 24-hour ultimatum issued by Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of a Federal High Court in Abuja.
The DSS in reaction to Sowore’s rearrest and detention, said that that he is facing trial, not as an activist, journalist or politician.
It said Sowore was taken into custody for allegedly resorting to calling for violence, a forceful takeover of government, and suspected transnational illegal activities.
However, the US State Department, in a tweet, urged the Nigerian Government to respect the rule of law, judicial independence, political and media freedom. Adding that due process should be the tenets of democracy.
“We are deeply concerned that #Sowore has been re-detained in #Nigeria, shortly after a court ordered he be released on bail.
“Respect for rule of law, judicial independence, political and media freedom, and due process are key tenets of #democracy,” it tweeted.