Reactions As DSS Arrests Planned #RevolutionNow Activist, Sowore

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Reactions have continued to pour in on the reported Department of State Security (DSS) arrest of Omoleye Sowore, the main activist behind the planned #RevolutionNow.

The #RevolutionNow protest being organised by Sahara Reporter’s publisher, Omoyele Sowore was scheduled to begin on Monday, 5 August across 21 states in Nigeria.

But a distressed tweet sent by Sowore at the wee hours of Saturday showed that he had been picked up by the operatives of DSS.

The tweet which was sent at exactly 1:25 am read: “DSS invades Sowore’s.”

While many reactions have been pouring in, an All Progressives Congress Party (APC) Chieftain, Kayode Ogundamisi, have this to say about the arrest.

“If news report of DSS picking up @YeleSowore is confirmed then those behind his arrest sure did not learn from the past, he just had you were he wants you to be. Now we won’t know if #RevolutionNow would have really taken over Nigerian government on Monday. It’s now #FreeSowore.

“It is not every time government should engage in gra gra methods, the Nigerian government is so predictable and counter actions actually fuels insecurity. A sensible approach would be to let the so called “revolution” take place on Monday and secure protesters and the public.

“If it turns out to be a peaceful protests, let it be and take the message. If people break the law, apply the law.
Like Nnamdi Kanu was elevated with his arrest, you just added another security challenge to the multiple challenges we are facing in Nigeria by picking @YeleSowore.

“This is also an opportunity for #RevolutionNow advocates to prove it is not a one man show but a movement, at least they must have a plan B. I still expect to see an attempt at “Revolutionary take over of government and the system” on Monday across 21 States as a show of strength,” Ogundamisi opined.

See some more reactions below.


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