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BREAKING: Convener of RevolutionNow protest, Sowore Omoyele arrested
THE Convener of #RevolutionNow protest, publisher of SaharaReporters, Sowore Omoyele has been arrested by security operatives believed to be officials of the Department of Security Services (DSS).
According to multiple sources, the arrest of the presidential aspirant of African Action Congress (AAC) during the 2019 elections occurred shortly after midnight on Saturday.
Sowore posted a distress tweet at exactly 1:25 am just before his phone was confiscated from him, The 247ureports, an online newspaper said.
On his Twitter handle @YeleSowore, he posted a terse message at 1:25am which reads “DSS invades Sowore’s house”.
“He also tweeted ” Ja p”, confirming his phone must have been seized while trying to raise the alarm about his arrest,” Premium Times reported, quoting a statement from a close associate of Sowore.
“His arrest and detention are not unconnected to #RevolutionNow, a series of planned protests against bad governance in Nigeria scheduled for August 5, 2019.”
Sowore was coordinating a national protest, which he called ‘a day of rage’ in 21 states on Monday August 5 against the government of President Muhammadu Buhari over the maladministration and insecurity in the country.
He had promised to “shutdown” the country on the day of the protest – which he claims would hold simultaneously across the cities of the country.
The coordinators of the RevolutionNow protest claim to have already gotten twenty one  cities in Nigeria to sign up for the protest. And the social media are awash with video recordings by notable Nigerian musicians and youths who have come out in support of the protest.