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Nigeria Releases Leading Critic on Bail After a Campaign an Ocean Away

Omoyele Sowore, a publisher and ex-presidential candidate, was released after months in detention. His New Jersey neighbors had led the effort to free him.

 

Omoyele Sowore talking to reporters after being released on bail Tuesday in Abuja, Nigeria.
Omoyele Sowore talking to reporters after being released on bail Tuesday in Abuja, Nigeria.Credit…Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters

    A Nigerian publisher and former presidential candidate was released on bail on Tuesday after a monthslong imprisonment that heightened fears of deteriorating protections for free expression in Africa’s most populous nation.

    Omoyele Sowore, the founder of the website Sahara Reporters, had been held for most of the past five months by Nigeria’s equivalent of the Secret Service, the Department for State Services. Two earlier court orders to release Mr. Sowore on bail had been ignored by the authorities

    At a court appearance on Dec. 6, Mr. Sowore, then temporarily free, was wrestled to the floor of a courtroom and taken into custody, an incident that stirred outrage when it was circulated on social media.

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    Mr. Sowore still faces trial on charges of treason, money laundering and “cyberstalking” — the last for allegedly insulting the president, Muhammadu Buhari, on television. His bail conditions stipulate that he may not leave the Nigerian capital, Abuja, or speak to the press, but that did not stop him from giving a short statement after his release.

    Six members of the United States Congress had appealed to the Nigerian attorney general on behalf of Mr. Sowore, who lives in New Jersey with his wife and children but whose work focuses on exposing corruption and government malfeasance in Nigeria.

    His wife, Opeyemi Sowore, said that she was grateful for his release, but that her family was still praying for the “holiday miracle” of his return home to Haworth, N.J., where the family’s neighbors have campaigned for the Nigerian authorities to free him.

    “My No. 1 concern is for his safety,” Ms. Sowore said. “We remain resolute on Yele being cleared of all baseless charges,” she added, using the short form of Omoyele

    Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey said that he was gratified to hear of Mr. Sowore’s release, but that he and Representative Josh Gottheimer, also of New Jersey, would watch Mr. Sowore’s case closely.

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    “I expect the government of Nigeria to ensure his continued safety and security now that he is out of custody,” Senator Menendez said.

    Mr. Gottheimer added: “We will not stop working until Yele comes home.”

    Mr. Sowore was once seen as supportive of Mr. Buhari, but he came to be one of the administration’s fiercest critics. In February, Mr. Buhari was elected to a second term in an election in which Mr. Sowore ran unsuccessfully against him.

    Mr. Sowore was arrested on Aug. 3, on one of his frequent trips to his native country, when he was about to lead a protest against the government with the social media tagline #RevolutionNow.

    His critics accuse him of trying to overthrow the Nigerian government rather than, as his supporters claim, merely pointing out government corruption and wrongdoing.

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    Omoyele Sowore
    Human rights activist

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    Omoyele Sowore is a Nigerian human rights activist, pro-democracy campaigner, former presidential candidate, and founder of an online news agency Sahara Reporters, On August 3, 2019 Sowore was arrested by the Nigerian State Security Service for alleged treason after calling for a protest tagged RevolutionNow. Wikipedia

    Born: 16 February 1971 (age 48 years), Ondo
    Party: African Action Congress
    Education: University of Lagos (1989–1995), Columbia University
    Organization founded: African Action Congress
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    BREAKING: Deji Adeyanju Undergoes Brain, Heart Scan, Moved To Emergency Ward In Dubai Hospital

    Adeyanju has been placed in an emergency ward while doctors battle to save his life.


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    Rights activist, Deji Adeyanju, has undergone both brain and heart scan to ascertain the level of complications and internal injuries he sustained during an attack on him by hired government thugs in Abuja on Monday.

    Adeyanju was flown to Dubai, United Arab Emirate, on Tuesday for further medical treatment following the deterioration of his health.

    SaharaReporters gathered that the result of the Computed Tomography scan conducted shows that the activist has issues with his heart.

    Adeyanju has been placed in an emergency ward while doctors battle to save his life.

    Hired government thugs on Monday in Abuja pounced on Adeyanju and other rights activist during a protest tagged #FreedomRally at the National Human Rights Commission Commission to demand for the respect of citizens rights by the Nigerian Government.

    In a video of the incident, the hired thugs were seen beating Adeyanju with sticks and all sorts of dangerous weapons as the activist struggled to escape from the scene

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