US Senator Condemns Sowore's Rearrest, Promises High Level Intervention

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Senator Bob Menendez

Senator Bob Menendez, a ranking member of the United States Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee, has condemned the rearrest of rights activist, Omoyele Sowore, on Friday at the Federal High Court, Abuja.

Sowore, who was first arrested on August 3, 2019 by operatives of the Department of State Services for calling on Nigerians to take to the streets in peaceful demonstrations but only released on Thursday evening despite two court orders directing his freedom much earlier, was rearrested on Friday by the DSS.

In a statement on Friday, Menendez, who had been involved in attempts to pressure the Nigerian Government, promised US intervention in the matter over Sowore's case.

He said, “I am outraged by the blatant harassment of Omoyele Sowore, an activist and journalist whose only crime appears to be exercising his right to free expression.

“In a concerted effort to secure his release on behalf of the Sowore family living in New Jersey, my office has been working closely with the State Department as Mr Sowore’s case languished following his arbitrary arrest back in August.

“While we continue to seek immediate answers about Sowore’s treatment and conditions in jail, I will be further engaging directly with US Ambassador, Mary Beth Leonard, in Abuja to raise this case at the highest levels of the Nigerian Government so that the Buhari administration gets the message that we are committed to defending Sowore’s rights and securing his release.

“This blatant miscarriage of justice is symptomatic of closing political and media space in Nigeria.”

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Sodiq Raji
8 months ago

US is involved?


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High level intervention


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Abel Abednego
8 months ago

Intervention


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Emem Joy
8 months ago

We all are condemning the arrest


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Intention


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Ogidi Joseph
8 months ago

It's not good at all


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It's not good at all, intervention is needed


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Udah Joseph Ogah
8 months ago

US get lost 


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Akosa Benedict
8 months ago

This is becoming very International


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Mbata Chimdiadi
8 months ago

All in high level  gud one


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Ogbuehi Chidera
8 months ago

I like that


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US intervention will make it worse 


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Emmanuel Agina
8 months ago

Us is involved


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Cole Taiwo James
8 months ago

It is shameful


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Adewale Adetunji
8 months ago

Us what is urs


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Mahmud Yazidu
8 months ago

I dunno the problems with US, but still they are better since they are making sure everything is going well in their nation 


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Ogidi Joseph
8 months ago

EXTRAL JUDICIAL EXERCISE OF POWER IN THE ARREST OF SOWORE


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The intervention z really gud


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Rasaq Opeyemi
8 months ago

Wow Nigeria is improving


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