Sowore: Group condemns DSS live shooting at protesters


FOLLOWING the live shooting by the Department of State Security Service (DSS) at protesters seeking the release of Omoyele Sowore on Tuesday, Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) has called for the full investigation and persecution of the security personnel involved in the exercise.

In a release issued by the National Publicity Secretary Gerald Katchy, she said the dehumanisation, torture and degrading treatment meted out to the peaceful protesters together with The Guardian reporter, Mr Richard Oludare is abuse and violation of Nigeria’s constitution.

Protesters and the journalist had on Tuesday left the scene with serious degrees of injuries in a peaceful protest demanding an end to unlawful and continuous detention of Mr. Omoyele Sowore.

The ICIR had reported how the protest which began peacefully turned into chaos when some DSS operatives suddenly showed and dispersed the crowd with tear gas and firing live bullets in the air.

The African Charter on Human and people’s Rights and other conventions and the covenant are on human rights especially recent Acts signed into law VIOLENCE AGAINST PERSONS (VAP ACT) and ANTI TORTURE ACT which made any type of torture or violence a criminal offence in Nigeria.

The committee called on the Presidency, Ministry of Justice, National Human Rights Commission, National Committee against Torture to investigate DSS’s action.

“This moment will past, records have shown that peoples will always prevail over any type of tyranny or dictator.       

    “Our clarion call to make good of this bad situation created with disobedience to court orders by the DSS is a life wire to threatened Democracy. Any further delay in releasing Omoyele Sowore and others as ordered by a court of competent jurisdiction is an indication of the government deliberate effort to deploy use of brute force against its citizens especially perceived strong critics of the government, and a clamped down on the media with Agba Jalingo in view, even in cases where dialogue should be adopted,” Katchy said.

    The publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, was arrested in August for convening a Revolution Now campaign, has spent 102 days in detention as of November 12 despite having been granted bail by the Federal High Court and fulfilled the conditions.

    Group said the recent ‘joke’ by the National assembly to establish an agency for hate speech is bound to create lawlessness.

    “When you over dig a substructure, superstructure falling becomes inevitably. We shall no longer watch our constitution and laws that is supreme to our collective existence being ridiculed.”

    Abeeb Alawiye formerly works with The ICIR as a Reporter/Social Media officer. Now work as a Senior Journalist with BBC News Yoruba. You can shoot him an email via [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @habsonfloww

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