The United Kingdom Government has reacted to the continued detention of the converner of RevolutionNow movement, Omoyele Sowore, by the Department of State Services (DSS).
KanyiDaily had reported that after being in detention for 124 days, the DSS released Sowore on Thursday night following a court ruling ordering his release within 24 hours.
However, on Friday morning, DSS operatives stormed the Federal High court in Abuja and re-arrested Sowore after disrupting his ongoing trail.
In a tweet, the UK government said that it is observing the trial and detention of the embattled activist.
UK government also called on President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to respect the rule of law, insisting that free and responsible speech is fundamental for democracy.
“As we celebrate #HumanRightsDay, we encourage all political, state and non-state actors to uphold the ideals set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, signed 71 years ago today.
“We are following closely the continued detention of #Sowore. Respect for the rule of law and free and responsible speech is fundamental for #democracy.
“The UK is committed to defending and strengthening human rights worldwide and, as we conclude #16DaysofActivism2019, working to end gender-based violence.”
— UK in Nigeria?? (@UKinNigeria) December 10, 2019