Updated: Solemn Assembly To Be Held For Nigeria’s ‘Prisoners Of Conscience’ In Abuja Today

In Breaking News, International News, Politics

By Patrick Obia

A solemn assembly has been called for the release of Agba Jalingo, Omoyele Sowore, Oluwale Bakare, Abubakar Idris (better known by his pseudonym: Dadiyata) and other “prisoners of conscience” who are still in detention.

The Convener, Comrade Deji Adeyanju in a release made available to our newsroom called on Nigerians to have moment of intercession of prayers for the Nigerian Government to set them free.

He added that all should join the prayers at Unity Fountain in Federal Capital Territory, Abuja at 6pm today (Monday).

Jalingo, Publisher of CrossRiverWatch, an investigative online media house had accused the State Governor, Sen. Ben Ayade of approving and diverting N500 million for the floating of Cross River Micro Finance Bank to himself.

He was smuggled out of his residence in Lagos in a gestapo style and driven down to Calabar by road in August 22 2019 and has since been in custody.

The activist is charged with treasonable felony and attempt to topple the Government of Cross River State.

He was denied bail by Chief Judge Simon Amobeda twice and has suffered series of court adjournments.

On other hand, the Convener of #RevolutionNow and Publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore and pro democracy activist Oluwale Bakare, have been charged with treasonable felony and have been behind the bars since 3 August 2019 despite Federal High Court, Abuja granting them bail.

Abubakar Idris (better known by his pseudonym: Dadiyata), a social media personality known for his strong criticism of Mr. Ganduje Umar, Governor of Kano State and the ruling All Progressives Congress, was seized from his residence by unidentified assailants on 2 August 2019.

Jalingo, Sowore, Bakare, Dadiyata travails have all been met with condemnation from civil society groups, individuals; both home and abroad. They were recently declared “Prisoners of Conscience” by Amnesty International.

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