Detained after wielding their human rights and thereafter denied a fair trial in court countless times, the International rights group, Amnesty International has proclaimed human rights activists, Omoyele Sowore, Olawale Bakare and Agba Jalingo, prisoners of conscience.
The Head of Media and Communications for the body in Nigeria, Isa Sanusi said in a statement:
“The Nigerian authorities at both federal and state levels have repeatedly targeted human rights defenders, activists and journalists including by stifling dissenting voices and passing repressive legislation to restrict the civic space.”
“We consider Sowore, Jalingo and Bakare to be prisoners of conscience detained solely for exercising their human rights.
“The Nigerian authorities must drop all charges against them and release them immediately and unconditionally.
“Sowore, Jalingo and Bakare’s continued detention is a matter of shame for Nigeria.
“Their cases show just how far the authorities in Nigeria can go to silence critics.
“The government of President Muhammadu Buhari needs to stop filing bogus and politically motivated charges against critics, and start listening to what they have to say.
“The authorities must stop using the security agents and judiciary as a tool for persecuting people who voice dissenting opinions, challenge abuse and call for accountability.
“The flawed charges and sham trials of Sowore, Jalingo and Bakare expose the inadequacies and bizarre manipulation of the Nigerian criminal justice system and an unacceptable contempt for the rule of law and human rights.”
Convener of the Revolution Now and Human rights activist Sowore, alongside fellow activist Bakare, have met their bail conditions but the Department of State Service (DSS) has refused to obey court orders. Meanwhile, Jalingo’s bail applications have for the umpteenth time been rejected unjustifiably.