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DSS’ invasion of Sowore’s abode, a terrorist midnight arrest —Soyinka



Nobel Laureate , Prof . Wole Soyinka, on Sunday described the Saturday morning arrest of human rights activist , Omoyele Sowore , by the Department of State Services , as “a terrorist midnight arrest . ”

He added that it was “ a travesty and violation of the fundamental rights” of citizens to congregate and make public their concerns.

Soyinka said Sowore , the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress in the February 2019 presidential election , has not engaged in any treasonable act as being claimed by the Inspector General of Police , Mohammed Adamu .

Sowore is the convener of ‘ # RevolutionNow’ protests, which has been scheduled to hold nationwide on Monday , August 5 .

Soyinka, in a statement made available on Sunday and titled: “ Surely , Not Again!!!” said the “ deployment of alarmist expressions ” such as “ treason, ” “ anarchist , ” and “ public incitement ” by security agents was predictable and banal and that the expressions have become meaningless.

The Nobel Laureate wrote , in part: “ Nothing that he said to me in private engagement ever remotely approached an intent to destabilise governance or bypass the normal democratic means of changing a government .

“ I therefore find the reasons given by the Inspector- General for the arrest and detention of this young ex -presidential candidate totally contrived and untenable, unsupported by any shred of evidence.

“ His arrest is a travesty and violation of the fundamental rights of citizens to congregate and make public their concerns.

“ This is all so sadly déjà vu. How often must we go through this wearisome cycle?

“ We underwent identical cynical contrivances under the late , unlamented Sani Abacha , when he sent storm - troopers to disrupt a planning session for a similar across-nation march at Tai Solarin School , Ikenne .

“ This was followed up by a personalised letter that was hand delivered by the State Security Services to me under their summons , at their Abeokuta so - called ‘ Annexe , ’ with near identical wording to the threats contained in today ’ s release from the desk of the Chief of Police .

“ At least , I was summoned , not subjected to a terrorist midnight arrest . Some irony!

“ The same pattern Pavlovian conduct manifested itself under yet another supposed democratic ruler who personally declared that the gathering of civilians to deliberate on , and propose a constitution for the nation was ‘ high treason’ , and would be resisted by the full rigour of state power if we persisted.

“ The Inspector - General of Police mobilized his forces and issued inflammatory proclamations , but PRONACO went ahead despite all the thundering from Aso citadel . Can the police ever learn anything also their tear- gassing and brutalizing of grieving mothers who marched peacefully to protest the deaths of their children in a plane crash inferno ?
DSS’ invasion of Sowore’s abode, a terrorist midnight arrest —Soyinka DSS’ invasion of Sowore’s abode, a terrorist midnight arrest —Soyinka Reviewed by Toba Adedeji on 08:51 Rating: 5

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