Nigerian AAC Presidential Candidate Manhandled, Handcuffed – Civil Society kicks…

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Idemudia Osarugue

The Nigerian secret police, Department of State Services, allegedly manhandled and handcuffed 2019 Presidential candidate of the Action Alliance Congress (AAC) and leader of the planned August Revolution, Mr. Omoyele Sowore  in order to arrest him in the dead of the night, a close associate of Omoyele Sowore alleged.

According to the close associate: “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. They started forcing their way in like armed robbers. But I knew they were DSS men, knowing full well the attention Revolution Now 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 – eight 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 of altercation. 

“They removed my handcuffs and I quickly seized that opportunity to drive his car (I drive him) to block their Sienna and Hilux vehicles they came in.”

Continuing, he said, “They hit the Lexus Jeep (I was driving) like kidnappers would do to make way for themselves. 

“I followed them immediately until we got to CMD Road around Ketu (close to the old toll gate) when one of them came down from the Sienna and corked his gun, threatening to shoot me. 

“I had to escape at that point.”

Meanwhile, Nigerians are divided over the fate of Sowore. While many youths across the country say that Sowore deserves the ill treatment being meted on him because he was one of those who deliberately brought down the Jonathan government with propaganda thus bringing on board the Buhari government. But others, especially the Civil Society groups are rallying behind him calling for his release, blaming the administration for being intolerant of opposition.

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