Human rights teams, Social Action and Take It Back Nigeria have warned that it’ll mobilise its members on Sunday to protest throughout companies on the Dunamis International Gospel Centre (Glory Dome), Abuja, over the unlawful arrest and detention of 5 #BuhariMustGo protesters by the Department of State Services (DSS) officers.
The teams at a press convention in Abuja said that “the arrest and continued detention of these courageous young people have no basis in law and are a contravention of their fundamental human rights to freedom of expression, assembly and freedom of movement as guaranteed under Sections 39, 40, and 41 respectively.”
“We call on the lawless entity called the DSS to immediately and permanently unconditionally release Emmanuel Larry, Henry Nwodo, Samuel Gabriel, Ben Manasseh and Anene Udoka, as protest remains lawful and democratically permitted in Nigeria,” one of many conveners, Dare Ademola, mentioned.
“We are going to mobilise to storm the church in large numbers to demand the freedom of these activists.”
SaharaReporters earlier in the present day reported that the #BuhariMustGo protesters had dragged the church and the DSS to courtroom over their unlawful, arrest, detention and violation of their human rights.
SaharaReporters had obtained the courtroom papers filed by the activists, bearing their names; Ben Manasseh, Emmanuel Larry, Samuel Gabriel, Anene Victor Udoka, and Henry Nwodo because the candidates.
The respondents are; the State Security Service, the Director-General of the SSS, the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, and the Pastor-in-charge of the Dunamis International Gospel Centre, Pastor Paul Enenche.
The go well with is being heard on the Federal High Court of Nigeria; Abuja judicial division.
Human rights activist, Omoyele Sowore, who had not too long ago gone to the church in firm with fellow activist, Deji Adeyanju, shared the courtroom papers, noting that the 5 detained activists had sued the DSS and the church authorities over the violations of their human rights.
“#FreeDunamis5 Five activists wearing #BuhariMustGo Tshirts illegally detained by lawless DSS after they were tortured and handed over by @DrPaulEnenche’s @DunamisGospel security have sued the DSS and @DrPaulEnenche over violation of their rights,” he said.
SaharaReporters had on Tuesday reported that the DSS admitted that it was the Dunamis church which known as for the arrest of 5 human rights activists who wore the #BuhariMustGo T-Shirts to its church service final Sunday.
SaharaReporters earlier reported that the DSS and the church had first each denied arresting and detaining the human rights activists.
But it was learnt on Tuesday that the DSS admitted that the Dunamis church known as them to remove the “suspects.”
“About 48 hours after illegal arrest and detention by Dunamis church, we don’t know the whereabouts of these #BuhariMustGo activists,” one of many sources had mentioned.
“The DSS has admitted that it was Pastor Enenche who called them. Earlier, the FCT command of the DSS as well as the Headquarters had both denied having in custody the five activists arrested by Dunamis church security (guards).
“At a meeting with Pastor Paul Enenche yesterday, the pastor told Omoyele Sowore and Deji Adeyanju that the five activists were with DSS. However, the DSS has vehemently denied holding the five activists.
“Meanwhile no one has heard from the activists since Sunday when church security attacked them and detained them in the church premises. Their phones have since been switched off,” a supply had revealed.
“Two of them are said to be detained at the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad section of the state police command,” one other supply had said.
SaharaReporters had on Sunday reported that about ten activists went to the church on Sunday morning to worship on the church however a few of them had been surprisingly rounded up and arrested by the church safety guards who later handed them over to the DSS operatives.
The activists had been arrested for carrying #BuhariMustGo T-shirts to the church.