Confusion has continued to path the arrest of 5 activists who had been arrested for sporting #BuhariMustGo T-shirts to Dunamis International Gospel Centre positioned alongside Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Road, Abuja on Sunday.
The activists are nonetheless being held and their whereabouts have been unknown since they had been whisked away in a van and on two bikes by the operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS).
A delegation led by the human rights activist, Omoyele Sowore had on Monday afternoon met with the Senior Pastor of the church, Dr. Paul Enenche within the church who advised them that the activists had been arrested and detained by the operatives from DSS Headquarters, Asokoro however not the church safety outfit.
The pastor mentioned he had made efforts as early as 7: 00 am on Monday and reached out to the DSS authority to demand their launch.
But sources from the DSS advised SaharaReporters that it was the church that invited them to arrest the activists and that they picked them up from the church safety workforce on the Dunamis safety publish.
There are fears for the well-being of the activists who had been mentioned to have been tortured and brutalised earlier than they had been taken away.
The activists haven’t been allowed to have entry to their attorneys and households since they’ve been held.
Meanwhile, efforts by SaharaReporters to get the response of the DSS Spokesperson, Peter Afunnaya to the problem had been unsuccessful as his cellular phone line was switched off.
He additionally didn’t reply to the textual content message despatched to him.
A human rights lawyer, Inibehe Effiong had faulted the arrest of the activists, saying they dedicated no offence recognized to legislation. He described their arrest as callous, unlawful, and one which has no authorized foundation and justification.
Effiong mentioned, “We’ve to decide whether to live in a democratic country or under dictatorship. The Church has no business discriminating against people based on their political views. If those activists wore T-shirts with the inscription ‘Buhari beyond 2023’, would they have been arrested?
“It is extra troubling that these arrested had been handed over to the SSS (State Security Service also called Department of State Services). How did we get so low as a rustic? The civic house is shrinking by the day. Buhari will finally go away that place however the harm that has been executed to our nation and civic house will persist after him.”