Global rights group, Amnesty International, has referred to as on the Nigerian authorities and the Department of State Services ( DSS ) to “immediately and unconditionally release” 5 human rights activists who have been arrested on July 4, 2021, at Dunamis International Gospel Centre Abuja for sporting #BuhariMustGo shirts to the church.
The activists, who’ve spent 9 days in custody, weren’t allowed to entry their legal professionals and members of the family after being tortured and brutalized by the church safety earlier than being handed over to DSS operatives.
In a terse assertion on its Twitter account on Monday, Amnesty International referred to as on the federal government and DSS to right away and unconditionally launch the arrested people.
The assertion reads, “Amnesty International calls on Nigeria authorities to immediately release five protesters unlawfully detained since Sunday from Dunamis Church Abuja. 1- Emmanuel Larry, 2- Victor Anne Udoka, 3- Samuel Gabriel Iwatannaye (Blind Saxophonist), 4- Henry Nwodo and 5- Ben Manasseh.
“Protest isn’t against the law, and the authorities should respect their rights.”
Family members of the detained activists and civil society groups had on Sunday staged a peaceful protest at the Galadimawa branch of the church to demand their release.
The group said the arrest and continued detention of the activists violated their fundamental human rights to freedom of expression, assembly, and freedom of movement as guaranteed under Sections 39, 40, 41, respectively, in the Nigerian constitution and other international conventions and treaties.