Saturday, 3 August 2019

Omoyele Sowore’s driver narrates how DSS arrested the Sahara Reporters publisher, Nigerians react

The Department of State Services (DSS) on Saturday arrested Omoyele Sowore, publisher of Sahara Reporters.

Sowore, who was the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) in the 2019 elections, is said to have been picked up in the early hours of Saturday and taken to the head office of the secret police in Shangisha, Lagos.




The activist tweeted about his arrest at 1:25am saying, “DSS invades Sowore’s.”
SaharaReporters said the phone of the activist was also seized.

“An eyewitness confirming that his phone was forcefully taken from him,” SaharaReporters said in a report.

The medium said the arrest and detention of Sowore are not unconnected to #RevolutionNow, a series of planned protests against bad governance in Nigeria scheduled for Monday.

 Meanwhile, Sowore's driver has narrated how DSS arrested the activist.

In a social media post, the driver, who refused to disclose his identity, said Sowore was picked up in a “gestapo manner”.

“At around past 1am, the armed men knocked on the door. I noticed immediately that these knocks were strange. And didn’t open. I looked and I saw men armed to the teeth,” he wrote.

“They started forcing their way in like armed robbers. But I knew they were DSS men, knowing fully well the attention RevolutionNow has garnered. Sowore wanted to open at first but I immediately told him who they are. He retreated and like magic, he was not in the room when they forced their way in- 8 of them.

“That was when he managed to tweet. By this time, I had been beaten and handcuffed. Phones were snatched from me. An order to block all exits came from the leader when Sowore was not found inside. He was later arrested at the gym in a gestapo manner and dragged after a bit altercation.”

Narrating how he rushed to pick Sowore’s car when the cuffs were off his hands, the driver said the security operatives later threatened to shoot him for trying to prevent Sowore’s arrest.

“I quickly seized that opportunity to drive his car (I drive him) to block their SIENNA and Hilux they came in. They hit the Lexus Jeep like kidnappers would do to make way for themselves,” he wrote.

"I followed them immediately till we got to CMD road around Ketu when one of them came down from the SIENNA and corked his gun, threatening to shoot me. I had to escape at that point.”

The arrest of Sowore has sparked an outrage on social media.

Below are tweets on his arrest.





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