A planned protest to demand the release of Omoyele Sowore has been blocked by Policemen and other security personnel. At the Adeniyi Jones Road, Ikeja head office of the Campaign for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) about 50 policemen in 10 trucks blocked the premises preventing people from coming out or gaining entry.
CDHR with other civil society organizations had planed a protest demanding that Sowore be released. The march was billed to take-off from the human rights organisation’s office around 10.00am on Wednesday.
Similarly, Sahara Reporters office in the Government Reserved Area (GRA) Ikeja was also cordoned off. Sowore who is the publisher of the news website had vied for the Nigerian Presidency in the February election. He was candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC).
He has been detained since August by the Department of State Services (DSS) who accused him of threatening public peace and terrorism. The court granted DSS 45 days to detain him for proper investigation
As of 10:30am, more armed policemen have been deployed to the CDHR premises.
We learnt that the security operatives were there before workers resumed.