The Department of State Services (DSS), has sought a court order to detain Omoyele Sowore, the convener of Revolution Now Movement, for 90 days.
Sowore, who was the flagbearer of the African Action Congress (AAC) in the February 2019 presidential election, was arrested by operatives of the DSS on Saturday, August 3.
Narrating Sowore’s arrest in a social media post, his driver, who refused to disclose his identity, said Sowore was picked up in a “Gestapo manner” by the DSS.
“At around past 1 am, the armed men knocked on the door. I noticed immediately that these knocks were strange. And didn’t open. I looked and I saw men armed to the teeth,” he wrote.
“They started forcing their way in like armed robbers. But I knew they were DSS men, knowing fully well the attention RevolutionNow has garnered. Sowore wanted to open at first but I immediately told him who they are. He retreated and like magic, he was not in the room when they forced their way in- 8 of them.
“That was when he managed to tweet. By this time, I had been beaten and handcuffed. Phones were snatched from me. An order to block all exits came from the leader when Sowore was not found inside. He was later arrested at the gym in a Gestapo manner and dragged after a bit altercation,” Sowore’s driver added.
Reacting to Sowore’s arrest, the DSS said the pro-democracy activist was arrested because he crossed the red line.
However, after his arrest, the DSS sought an order from the court to detain the Sahara Reporters publisher for 90 days.