DSS operatives attack protesters demanding Sowore’s release


Operatives of the Department of State Services, DSS on Tuesday opened fire on a group of protesters demanding the release of Omoyele Sowore, convener of the #Revolution Now protest.

According to witnesses from the scene of the protest, the DSS opened fire with live ammunition and tear gas on the protesters, forcefully dispersing them.

Witnesses also report that the camera’s and mics of journalists reporting the protest was smashed and destroyed by operatives of the security agency.

The protesters led by rights activist, Deji Adeyanju had gathered at the DSS headquarters to demand Sowore’s immediate release.

Addressing journalists, Adeyanju noted that they were also seeking to return a cash bribe forced on them by the DSS on Saturday at gunpoint.

Last month, a federal high court in Abuja granted Omoyele Sowore bail in the sum of N100m but after meeting the bail conditions the secret police still refused to release him.

On Friday, Peter Afunanya, spokesman of the DSS, acknowledged that the agency received the order to release Sowore but said the service did not carry it out because no one showed up on his behalf.

However, on Saturday morning, lawyers, supporters and family members of the activist visited the DSS headquarters but were denied access to Sowore.

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