Joe Odumakin, Amnesty International, others condemn attack on Sowore


Many human rights advocates and organisations have criticised the Nigerian police for firing a teargas canister at Omoyele Sowore, during a protest in Abuja.

A female police officer reportedly fired the less-lethal weapon capable of burning the skin at the political activist at the Unity Fountain on Monday.

This newspaper also obtained a video capturing moments when the incident happened, with Mr Sowore flanked on both sides by two protesters.

As of the time of filing this report, Mr Sowore was at the hospital receiving medical treatment.

In her reaction, Joe Okei Odumakin, who is still mourning the death of her husband, Yinka Odumakin, described the act of the police as unacceptable.

“Nigeria is a democratic country under law and not a dictatorship or banana republic.

“Freedom of speech, freedom of association and freedom of movement are some of the fundamental human rights granted to Nigerian citizens by the 1999 Constitution as amended.

“The widely-expressed flaws of this Constitution notwithstanding, it still charges journalists to hold the government accountable to the people.

She however demanded prompt and effective treatment of Mr Sowore and any of his colleagues wounded in the unprovoked assault by the police.

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