Detention of Nigerian journalist sparks anger from netizens


Journalist Omoyele Sowore – who is facing treason charges –is still being detained by Nigeria’s state security service despite him being granted bail.

Mr Sowore was detained in Lagos in August after calling for a revolution.

An activist and journalist who usually lives in the US, he has been charged with treason, money laundering and “cyberstalking” for allegedly sharing false and insulting information about President MuhammaduBuhari, who won a second term in the elections.

He has called for a revolution because he said the election this year was not credible.

In a statement on Friday, the Department of State Services (DSS) said it had received a court order for the release of Mr Sowore, but nobody had come to claim him.

But Sahara Reporters, the news website Mr Sowore founded, said his lawyers were denied access when trying to collect him from jail in Abuja.

“On Saturday morning, lawyers and activists stormed the facility to take Sowore home but were met with stiff resistance by operatives, who said they had no clearance to let him go,” it reported.

There has been widespread criticism of the DSS on social media over the case.

Mr Sowore was a presidential candidate in the general election last February.

This is the second time Mr Sowore has been granted bail but has subsequently not been released.

There has been widespread criticism of the DSS on social media over the case.

“This is a joke! Just open your damn gate DSS. He will go home or let me call UBER to pick him [up]!” wrote one Twitter user. (Source: BBC)