Singer Falz, calls for Sowore’s release, condemns arrest

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Nigerian entertainer, Falz has criticised the recent arrest of pro-democracy campaigner/politician, Omoyele Sowore.

Sowore is the founder of online news media Sahara Reporters.

He was picked up by the Department of State Services (DSS) for his role in planning the #RevolutionNow protest.

The Nigeria Police Force accused the convener of #RevolutionNow Protests, Sowore and the Global Coalition for Security and Democracy in Nigeria of trying to force a regime change in the country.

The Police said inciting Nigerians, home and abroad, to join a planned ‘revolution’ march against the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on Monday, August 5, amounts to treasonable felony and acts of terrorism.

However, his arrest has attracted criticisms from Nigerians home and abroad, amid calls for his release.

Falz, the “This is Nigeria” crooner whose music is mostly about social change, democracy and good governance said in a reaction to the arrest on Instagram:

What we are facing is a build-up of the several years of neglect of the welfare of our people. Our government’s constant disregard for the loss of lives of many Nigerians.”

The ridiculous rate of poverty and unemployment that afflicts us. This is not a time to arrest anyone but to listen to the voices of the masses. Organizing a protest march does not in any way amount to treason. #FreeSowore Immediately!” He added.