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Rep. Bass Releases Statement Regarding Re-Arrest Of Omoyele Sowore

December 10, 2019
Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement after Omoyele Sowore, a Nigerian-American journalist and activist, was re-arrested and detained by Nigerian Department of State Security Services (DSSS). Soware was arrested and charged with treasonable felony in August for organizing a nationwide protest against President Muhammadu Buhari's government. He was held for months despite being granted bail and court orders for his release.

“I am alarmed by the re-arrest of Mr. Sowore and his co-defendant Olawale Bakare just hours after their release, especially the violent manner in which this all was conducted. Nigerian citizens have the right to exercise their civil liberties without harassment and arbitrary arrest. There are currently numerous journalists and activists in detention in the country. I am increasingly concerned about Nigeria’s attacks on freedom of expression. Nigeria’s own rule of law and due process must be respected."