Spokesperson for the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Police Command, ASP Mariam Yusuf, has said that Omoyele Sowore was arrested for unlawfully gathering at very odd hours.
According to her, Sowore’s gathering alongside others caused tension among residents of Gudu and Lokogoma areas of the FCT.
The FCT police command arrested the five activists at 00:30 am on January 1 in a “swift response to a distress call received from some tensed residents” over “an unusual gathering and movement,” the police said.
Sowore’s lawyer Femi Falana demanded his client’s immediate release following the arrests in the capital Abuja overnight December 31, adding that he had been placed in a dangerous section of a notorious prison.
The police officers who arrested Sowore, who is also a journalist, “subjected him to severe beating and left him with bruises all over his body,” Falana said
His lawyer also said “As if that was not enough he has been locked up in the midst of armed robbery suspects at a notorious detention facility called ‘abattoir’,”
Several hours before his arrest, the opposition leader issued a tweet calling on Nigerians to march in the street to denounce bad governance in Nigeria.
The police spokesperson explained that a discreet investigation into the matter has been ordered by the Commissioner of Police, CP Bala Ciroma.
She assured that the suspects would be arraigned before a court of competent jurisdiction.