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Journalist and Activist Omoyele Sowore Beaten and Arrested in Nigeria After Peaceful Protest

HeadlineJan 04, 2021

In Nigeria, prominent journalist and activist Omoyele Sowore was beaten and arrested with other protesters at a peaceful New Year’s Eve gathering in the capital Abuja. The protesters were airing grievances against Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari when members of a police unit known as the Rapid Response Squad descended on their candlelight procession. Sowore reported he suffered a broken nose, and was denied bail for allegedly violating COVID-19 protocols. Sowore is a former presidential candidate in Nigeria and the founder of the New York-based news outlet Sahara Reporters. He was arrested in 2019 on charges including treason after he organized peaceful nationwide protests against Nigeria’s government. Click here to see our last interview with Omoyele Sowore.

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