- The publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore and four other persons apprehended along with him a few days ago by security agents are still remanded inside Kuje Correctional Facilities, FCT
- One of the foremost civil society organisations (CSOs) which has been calling out the federal government of Nigeria to see to the unconditional release of Sowore and the four other persons is the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP)
SERAP, a nonprofit, nonpartisan, legal and advocacy CSO has again come to state its latest moves to ensure the activist-turned politician as well as the four other arrested persons are set free without any attached conditions.
In a Statement issued on Tuesday, January 5, SERAP revealed among other things that it has sent an urgent complaint to the United Nations Working Group on the unjust detention of Sowore and the four other persons.
The Press Statement by SERAP regarding the complaint sent to UN Working Group reads:
We’ve sent an urgent complaint to UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention over illegal detention & reported torture of Sowore, 4 others simply for peacefully exercising their rights. We’re seeking their immediate release & withdrawal of the bogus charges against them.
The complaint sent yesterday (Monday, January 4), read in part: “The Working Group should request the Nigerian authorities to withdraw the bogus charges against Mr Sowore and four other activists, and to immediately and unconditionally release them.
The detention of Omoyele Sowore and four other activists constitutes an arbitrary deprivation of their liberty because it does not have any legal justification. The detention also does not meet minimum international standards of due process.
The arrest, continued detention and torture and ill-treatment of Mr Sowore and four other s solely for peacefully exercising their human rights to freedom of expression and assembly is a flagrant violation of the Nigerian Constitution, 1999 (as amended) and international law.
The Working Group should request the Nigerian government to award Mr Sowore and four other activists adequate compensation for the violations they have suffered as a result of their unlawful arrest, arbitrary detention, torture and other ill-treatment.”