Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project has sent a complaint to the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention over the detention of a human rights activist and publisher of Saharareporters, Omoyele Sowore, and four other activists for protesting on New Year Eve protest.
Newsmen had reported that Sowore, Juwon Sanyaolu, Peter Williams, Emmanuel Bulus and Damilare Adenola were on Monday ordered to be remanded in Kuje Correctional Centre by a Magistrate Court in Wuse Zone 2, Abuja pending the consideration of their bail applications on Tuesday (today).
They were earlier arrested for holding a protest against bad governance on New Year’s Eve in Abuja and subsequently taken to a police unit infamously known as ‘Abattoir’ in the Lokogoma area of the FCT.
SERAP in a statement on Tuesday by its deputy director, Kolawole Oluwadare, said the complaint was sent to the UN body on Monday, January 4.
The organization demanded the release of the detained activists and a probe into their arrest and detention.
The organization also wants the Federal Government to award Sowore and four other activists compensation for the violations they suffered as a result of their unlawful arrest, arbitrary detention, torture, and other ill-treatment.