#CrossOverWithProtest: Omoyele Sowore, Others Were Illegally Arrested, Brutalised In Abuja

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The 2019 AAC presidential candidate Omoyele Sowore and other activists reportedly arrested very early of January 1st 2021 in Abuja as they were carrying out a peaceful procession to mark the New Year, SharaReporters confirmed.

According to the report, the activists were almost done with their crossover procession when about seven loaded vans of the Nigerian security forces swooped on them, brutalising everyone at sight.

According to Eyewitnesses, police officers suspected to be the Rapid Response Squad stormed Gudu junction in Abuja, wounding Sowore before whisking him away with other activists from the location.

They were taken to Abattoir police station of the allegedly disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) unit in Abuja, where they are currently being tortured and detained.

According to sources, the African Action Congress presidential candidate in the last general election was severely injured by the policemen.

Sowore could not be reached Friday morning. Efforts to contact him via his mobile proved abortive, suggesting that his phones must have been seized or put off. Others who were arrested with him could not also be reached for comments as of press time.

Those who last spoke with him confirmed they were taken to the Abattoir police station, Lokogoma, Abuja.

A source said, "Sowore, Sanyaolu Juwon, Michael and two others are currently detained at Abattoir Police Station, Abuja. Sowore is currently bleeding from the nose as the officers brutalised him.

"The comrades were almost done with their crossover protest when about seven loaded vans of the Nigerian military swooped on them, brutalising everyone at sight.

"Sowore was particularly singled out for torture by the security operatives, who gave him a bloodied nose before whisking him away."

The arrest, brutalisation and detention of Sowore might not be unconnected to the #CrossoverWithProtest, a planned procession across the country on new year eve to demand an end to bad governance in Nigeria.

Hours before his arrest, Sowore had tweeted, "How about a crossover protest/uprising tonight? Anyone willing to participate? Pick up a candle and a placard showing your grievances against the regime; let's upload our short videos and photos across our social media platforms. Let's welcome the regime to a resolute 2021!

‪"#CrossoverWithProtest against tyrant ‬@mbuhari's regime, candlelight for #LekkiMassacre; a placard for #EndBadGovernment; procession to usher in #Revolutionary 2021, a fist for victims of repression-frozen bank accounts, malicious prosecution and detention of #Endsars activists‬.

"#Crossoverwithprotest starts at 11:30 till 12:30 am across Nigeria, a candle, a placard and fireworks to usher in a RESOLUTE 2021 in Nigeria! Join with your friends and neighbours ‪#EndSARS.‬ ‪#ObigboMassacre‬ ‪#LekkiMassacre‬ ‪#EndBadGoveranceInNigeria‬ ‪#BuhariTrainwreck‬ ‪#RevolutionNow.”‬

When contacted, an AAC house of representatives candidate in the 2019 general elections from Ogbomoso, Comrade Dele Abiola said the regime of Major General Muhammadu Buhari remained a threat to all and sundry, anyone still keeping quiet are only waiting for their turns of bad governance under APC government of the Tyrants with clueless direction informs of herdsmen attacks, kidnapping, terrorists attacks by Boko Haram and Government sponsors suppression by the security forces.

"All of us must called out against the illegalities, corrupt, illegitimacy and Nepotic leadership of @mbuhari",he said.

He called that those arrested should be released without conditions and that the Buhari government should apologize for incessant infringement on the fundamental rights of the citizens of the country.

Late on Friday, a Medical Doctor was approved by Sowore to examine and treat him following his brutalization and dehumanizing by the security agents. The activist earlier rejected Doctors offered by the abattoir SARS, insisting they can’t be trusted to treat him. 

It is not clear whether he’d be charged for any offense or released, as no statement has been taken from him since time of his arrest alongside other comrades last year December 31st, 2020, some minutes to crossing over to the new year, 2021. 

It was learned that the Police is still confused as to what next to do with him, and just waiting for directive on whether to charge him, and what offense to hang on him.

A simile of police “interrogation” is excepted to be arranged after the first aid treatment, being the only thing to be done since he was arrested on December 31st, 2020. 

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