Police storm CDHR Office, Venue of Pro-Sowore Protest

About 50 policemen in 10 trucks have surrounded the premises of the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) in Adeniyi Jones area of Ikeja in Lagos.

This comes after announcement that a protest demanding the release of Omoyele Sowore would take place at the venue at 10am on Wednesday.

Sowore, candidate of the African Action Congress in the last presidential election, has been detained since August by the Department of State Services (DSS) who accused him of threatening public peace with the #RevolutionNow protest.

A CDHR official who spoke on condition of anonymity said the security operatives have been at the premises since 7am.

“We didn’t invite them. This is just a peaceful protest and we don’t know why they are here in their numbers,” he said.

This is happening just as policemen and soldiers blocked the entrance to the office of SaharaReporters, an online publication founded by Sowore.

The armed men prevented reporters from gaining access to the building located at GRA in Ikeja.

When contacted, Bala Elkana, the Lagos police command spokesperson, said he was not aware of the deployment.

“I don’t have the brief,” he said.

It is not clear if the planned protest will take place as only a few protesters had arrived at the venue.


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