The arrest of Omoyele Sowore, convener of #RevolutionNow, has sparked an outrage on social media.
TheCable had reported how operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) picked him up from his residence in the early hours of Saturday.
He was picked up exactly 48 hours to a nationwide protest being organised by a movement he leads.
Below are tweets on his arrest.
— Ghetto Superstar (@AfricanHerbsman) August 3, 2019
— Zaynab (@thezaynabyusuf) August 3, 2019
— Adeniji Tomisin (@Iammhiztee) August 3, 2019
— JJ. Omojuwa (@Omojuwa) August 3, 2019
If news report of DSS picking up @YeleSowore is confirmed then those behind his arrest sure did not learn from the past, he just had you were he wants you to be. Now we won't know if #RevolutionNow would have really taken over Nigerian government on Monday. It's now #FreeSowore
— Kayode Ogundamisi (@ogundamisi) August 3, 2019
Just Confirmed that one of the leaders of the #RevolutionNow movement Comrade Omoyele Sowore @YeleSowore has been arrested by armed men of the DSS overnight. Those who make peaceful negotiations impossible makes violent revolution inevitable. It has started.#FreeSowore pic.twitter.com/tN9TAMmDWE
— Towolawi Jamiu (@jharmo) August 3, 2019
— Ifamobarin Lanre (@ifamobarin) August 3, 2019
@MBuhari's Administration has energy to arrest protesters and those who tried their best to fight for justice, no energy to arrest killer herdsmen, no energy to arrest corrupt APC members, no energy to restructure Nigeria.#FreeSowore #FreeDadiyata #RevolutionNow pic.twitter.com/PhLDT2xD3E
— JOHNTEEY 🇳🇬 ❁ (@johnteey) August 3, 2019
— Leo Unyime Paul (@unyime_leo) August 3, 2019
Sowore arrested because of his planned revolutionary protest. This is our President protesting in 2015. The motive of Sowore might be cynical but arresting him is a violation of his fundamental human right.#FreeSowore pic.twitter.com/3Rp52twM6M
— Fakeye Ahmed Olamide (@fakeyeahmed) August 3, 2019
Wait a minute, who advised Buhari led government to arrest Omoyele Sowore for the planned protest? They just exposed their foolishness.
— Segun Abiri (@SegunAbiri) August 3, 2019
We reject tyrannical actions in our Democracy.
I join the voices of all well-meaning Nigerians to ask @AsoRock @NGRPresident @MBuhari to:#FreeSoworeNow!#FreeSoworeNow!!#FreeSoworeNow!!!#FreeSoworeNow!!!!#DefendCitizenSoworesRight to Speech&Protest
— Oby Ezekwesili (@obyezeks) August 3, 2019
Just waking up and getting ready to go for my morning work out and I thought to check my messages… I just saw #FreeSowore Trending on Twitter. Who in the hottest part of hell is advising this evil administration of @MBuhari and @ProfOsinbajo? #FreeSoworeNOW
— RIP Uncle Pius Adesanmi 💔😭 (@MKabrik) August 3, 2019
People will still justify the arrest of Sowore.
The arrest will even make the revolution more momentous.
— Temitope O (@Teetemmi) August 3, 2019
— dadbrian (@Iyke18816131) August 3, 2019
Security agencies that can’t protect lives and properties during the day but can easily creep into someone’s house in the middle of the night to stage a force arrest. #FreeSowore
— SA (@steveajose) August 3, 2019
We demand the immediate release of Omoyele Sowore and all political prisoners, including Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzakky. We will not rest till the revolution triumphs. We will not be deterred. We will not accept the continued incarceration of Comrade Sowore. #RevolutionNow #FreeSowore pic.twitter.com/xZ5YuIhUPl
— Osun State AAC (@AacOsun) August 3, 2019
The @MBuhari govt has made a huge mistake by arresting @YeleSowore over the #RevolutionNow protest. It has only given the much needed momentum to the struggle. By Monday, they shall hear from Nigerians if they don't #FreeSowore #FreeDadiyata #ThisIsNotMyNigeria
— #RevolutionNow Gear up Nigerians (@Ile_Osas) August 3, 2019
#FreeSowore @ProfOsinbajo @MBuhari @AsoRock for the sake of sanity and peace,free this generational leader,see, PMB might have won the General elections but Sowore won our hearts… We plead with you now to free him peacefully,if nothing scares you ANARCHY should dear PMB!!
— zinkarian (@zinkarian) August 3, 2019
Sowore have been kidnapped by the same government that is supposed to protect him, this government keep showing their inept character everyday… #FreeSowore
— Obinna Ezechukwu (@EzechukwuObinn2) August 3, 2019
Part of the Obasanjo’s letter to Buhari. Nigeria is a ticking time bomb and might explode anytime soon. We all cannot run away from our beloved country but we can support a movement and join the protest in making our nation better. #FreeSowore pic.twitter.com/dLLILt5KkM
— Horla Idowu (@HorlaIdowu) August 3, 2019