The continued relunctance of the Department of State Services (DSS) to release the co-convener of #RevolutionNow, Omoyele Sowore and its response to a protest march at its headquarters to press for his release has continued to shock and confuse many Nigerians.
The force with which the nation’s secret police broke up the protest march, firing live ammunition, and according to reports, shattering the windscreens of vehicles of the protesters, are indeed worrisome, and suggests a deep rooted but yet unclear agenda in the entire Omoyele Sowore saga.
Interestingly, journalists who had gone to cover the protest were not spared, as a number of them were said to have sustained injuries, with many of their vehicles smashed.
Critics have expressed even greater concern over the allegation of bribe leveled against the DSS by the convener of the #FreeSowore protest, Deji Adeyanju.
Adeyanju told newsmen on Tuesday after the protest was broken that he was offered N1 million at gunpoint to shelf the protest, adding that some powerful individuals and organizations were working in synergy to keep Sowore in the DSS custody longer than necessary.
Displaying new N500 notes he explained totalled N1 million before other protesters and journalists, Adeyanju said: “This money was offered at gunpoint but I won’t tell you by who. We collected it because it was offered at gunpoint.
” We are calling at the owners of this money to come for it, else we shall donate it to Chief Falana to help the legal activities in securing the release of Sowore.”
Nigerians are beginning to ask questions why the DSS and by extension, the Nigerian government, want Sowore, who has been in detention for more than 100 days, to remian behind bars despite court orders.