Sowore Calls For Protests Against Unjust Detention of FIJ Journalist Daniel Ojukwu by Nigerian Police

Human rights activist, Omoyele Sowore has urged the citizens to take a stand and join a protest against the Nigeria Police Force, who have held FIJ journalist, Daniel Ojukwu since last week.

Reports emerged on Tuesday that despite Ojukwu’s fulfillment of the conditions for bail, the Nigeria Police Force under the direction of Inspector General Kayode Egbetokun have kept him in detention.

Omoyele Sowore, the former presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), who remained resolute in his pursuit of justice has demanded the immediate release of Ojukwu while he also posted a flier announcing the protest that is scheduled to take place tomorrow, Thursday.

Sowore wrote on his X account: “#FreeDanielOjwuku tomorrow at the @PoliceNG HQ in Abuja.”

The protest is set to begin tomorrow, Thursday, at 9 am sharp, commencing at the Police Headquarters in Abuja, Louis Edet House. The protest, which will begin at the symbolic location of the Nigerian Police Force headquarters, signifies the protest’s aim to hold the police accountable for their actions in the Ojukwu case, as well as the larger issue of police abuse of power and disregard for the rule of law.

The detention saga of Daniel Ojukwu began on May 1st, when the journalist was arrested in Lagos, only to be subsequently transferred to Abuja four days later. The charges he faces, brought by the National Cybercrime Centre following a petition from Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, then-President Muhammadu Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Sustainable Development Goals.

The already troubling conditions of Ojukwu’s detainment are made all the more distressing by the fact that the journalist suffers from asthma and has not been granted access to either his medication or doctor.


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