…Calls for his thorough investigation.
by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Group under the aegis of ‘Genuine #EndSARS Protesters’ have called on the federal government to arrest the publisher of SaharaReporters, Omoyele Sowore, over alleged breaching the conditions of the bail granted him, following his earlier arrest and detention by the Department of State Service, DSS, for alleged treason.
While commending the Nigeria Police for rising to the occasion on Friday by dispersing a handful of “misguided youths assembled at the gate of the national Assembly by the so-called activist to foment trouble under the pretext of #EndSARS protest” the group in a statement, Friday, in Abuja, insisted that Sowore, has breached the conditions of the bail granted him, following his “#RevolutionNow”and must be immediately arrested and also have his bail revoked.
The statement, made available to our Kaduna correspondent, was reportedly signed by Dr Orji Nwakocha for South East; Dr Aremu Babatunde for South West; Comrade Frank Jaja representing South-South and Alhaji Ibrahim Dan Iya for North West. Others are Sheik Mohammed Adamu for North East; Mr Dakwohi Samson for FCT; and Comrade Peter Yohana for North Central, respectively.
The “Genuine #EndSARS Protesters” said the renewed protest being spearheaded by Mr. Sowore was not known to them, saying they had since backed down from their protests and were already meeting with governments at all levels on roundtable.
The group appealed to parents to advise their wards against allowing themselves to be misled by Mr Sowore, who, it accused of attempting to hijack the #EndSARS platform to deliberately blackmail President Muhammadu Buhari and his government.
According to the “Genuine #EndSARS Protesters,” the clandestine motive of Mr Sowore is to feather his own nest, noting with concern, the insistence of Mr Sowore to go on protest when all those that started the #EndSARS protests had not only backed down but also in meeting with governments towards resolving issues that informed the action.
The group, therefore, tasked security agencies to see Sowore as a threat to national security and immediately treat him as one.
“The Genuine #EndSARS Protesters, being the body of the real people that protested recently against the police Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS’s excessive powers and brutality, have been watching with concern the attempt by one Mr Omoyele Sowore to hijack our platform to further his inordinate ambition.
“We feel concerned that after we backed down from the protests and are now engaging governments at all levels with a view to resolving the issues that informed the protest, the said Mr Sowore is busy assembling some misguided elements using our platform.
“We are, however, not surprised at Mr Sowore’s insistence on protest, given his antecedent. We recall that he had called on revolution against the present federal administration, leading to his arrest and detention. And given his ignoble role in this act, we are not surprised at what he is driving at. It is in this regard that we wish to strongly appeal to the security agencies to see Mr Sowore as a security threat and treat him as one.
“By this, we are not only calling on his arrest but also appealing to the federal authorities to immediately arrest and withdraw his bail conditions for flouting the conditions attached to it,” the group said in the statement.
Drawing attention to the event at the National Assembly gate where the youths assembled by Mr Sowore to protest against the government under the guise of #EndSARS were dispersed, the group commended Nigeria Police for the action.
“His desperate attempts to re-launch the #EndSARS protests, which have since been rested by the original promoters, to allow action from governments at the various, levels is unacceptable.
“We are thereby calling on not just the police but also other security agencies to see Mr Sowore as agent of destabilisation and pick him up appropriately for investigation,” the Genuine #EndSARS Protesters said.
While drawing attention to the events of Friday, November 5, and Sunday, November 1, 2020, in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), where a few persons were seen protesting under the auspices of the #EndSARS protest, the “Genuine #EndSARS Protesters” said the developments were indications of a selfish agenda being hatch by Sowore for a predetermined end.
Recall that the said protesters – with Sowore assuming a prominent place – had besieged the precincts of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, as well as the Force Headquarters – where they left the “#EndSARS” inscription boldly on the roads.
This development has, however, triggered an angry reaction from the original promoters of #EndSARS protests, who have called on the youths in the country to disregard the revivalist agenda.
According to the group, the need for citizens to give governments at all levels the chance to address the concerns that necessitated the EndSARS demonstrations, had become compelling, more so that commitments had already been made.
This was as it submitted that the antecedents of Sowore, who had led a failed ‘revolution’ attempt, could not inspire meaningful followership; hence the need to disown him.
“We make bold to say that, considering the aftermath of the nationwide protests – as seen in the hijack by hoodlums and attendant deaths, destruction of public and private property, no responsible citizen would want to re-ignite the event.
“We hereby call on millions of our articulate, ever-conscious and responsible youths across the 36 states of the federation, and the FCT, to resist this latest antics by Sowore, as it will not only threaten the relative peace being enjoyed today, but disturb the socio-economic fabric of a nation negotiating recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic,” it insisted.