Why US Senator, Bob Menendez, called on the Nigerian government to release Omoyele Sowore

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US Senator of New Jersey, Bob Menendez, called on the Nigerian government to release human rights activist Omoyele Sowore. He keyed on the Nigerian security operatives violation of court orders to release Mr. Sowore and violations of his fundamental human rights as an epidemic of lawlessness and harassment growing rampant by the Nigerian government.

He stated that the United States is watching and the world is watching and there will be consequences with the relationship with Nigeria if anything happens to Mr. Sowore.

Menendez said: said, “I am outraged by the blatant harassment of Omoyele Sowore, an activist and journalist whose only crime appears to be exercising his right to free expression.

“In a concerted effort to secure his release on behalf of the Sowore family living in New Jersey, my office has been working closely with the State Department as Mr Sowore’s case languished following his arbitrary arrest back in August.

“While we continue to seek immediate answers about Sowore’s treatment and conditions in jail, I will be further engaging directly with US Ambassador, Mary Beth Leonard, in Abuja to raise this case at the highest levels of the Nigerian Government so that the Buhari administration gets the message that we are committed to defending Sowore’s rights and securing his release.

“This blatant miscarriage of justice is symptomatic of closing political and media space in Nigeria.”