By Babajide Okeowo
Former Central Bank of Nigeria’s, CBN Deputy Governor, Kingsley Moghalu has called for the release of the arrested publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore and four other activists for holding a peaceful protest on New Year eve.
The former presidential aspirant of the Young Progressive Party, YPP in a tweet advised the federal government against squashing voices of dissent.
“I am deeply concerned about the reported arrest of Omoyele Sowore for no apparent reason other than engaging in a public protest that is his right as a Nigerian citizen. Sowore is an active citizen, and Nigeria should not squash voices of dissent. I strongly demand his release” he wrote.
Recall that a Magistrate’s Court sitting in Wuse Zone 2, Abuja, on Monday, ordered the remand of Omoyele Sowore, and four other activists in Kuje Correctional Centre pending the hearing of their bail applications which would be heard on Tuesday, January 5, 2020.
“We have been sent to the infamous Kuje Prison for the next 24 hours while they plot their next moves. But we are very resolute and convinced that this year will be different for the tyrant! #RevolutionNow,” Sowore tweeted on Monday.
Recall also that 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.
The activists denied the charges.