Mr Omoyele Sowore, who is the leader of #RevolutionNow movement, had declared August 5 as the commencement of a revolutionary protest tagged, “Days of Rage,” across the country to demand a better Nigeria.
He said the protest would be sustained until the country was put on the right path, saying government’s action in the 2019 general elections propelled the protest.
He complained there was no level playing field in the elections and said for the country to have free and fair elections in the future, there must be a showdown and people must define who should be their electoral officers.
“The revolution has, therefore, become inevitable. We didn’t choose to go for revolution, they chose it by ensuring that there was no level playing field in the last elections.
“As you know, they did it in Sudan and it was started by some women. They were making fun of them, but they did not stop until doctors joined them, the labour union joined them and what started with five people became 5,000 and 500,000 and became five million and the regime fell,” he said.
However, two days to the planned protest, early on Saturday morning, Sowore was arrested by operatives of Department of State Services.
According to Sahara Reporters, its publisher’s residence was invaded between 1.15 am and 1.25 am.
An associate of the activist said the knocks on Sowore’s apartment door woke them up and alerted them to the presence of “heavily armed” DSS men.
The operatives, numbering eight, were said to have cordoned off the building and arrested the activist after a slight altercation in the gym.
He was then reportedly driven towards CMD Road at Shangisha, Ketu, Lagos which was his last known location.
He has since been kept incommunicado.