Nigerian journalist Omoyele Sowore remains in jail on trumped-up charges of treason and insulting the president

Omoyele Sowore. Screenshot from Democracy Now.

More than two months after his detention, Nigerian human rights activist and journalist Omoyele Sowore remains in prison despite a court order for his release.

Sowore was arrested by the Department of State Services (DSS) on August 3, 2019, in Lagos, Nigeria, because he called for national protests as part of the #RevolutionNow movement he started. Sowore was a presidential contender in the February 2019 elections, won by incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari.

The DSS branded the #RevolutionNow protest as an attempt at a forceful takeover of the government. On August 8, an Abuja court, headed by Justice Taiwo Taiwo, granted the DSS petition to keep Sowore in custody for 45 days while they conduct their investigation.

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