Amnesty International has expressed concerned for the safety and liberty of Nigerian activist and human rights defender Omoleye Sowore, following an attack by suspected thugs at the premises of the Federal High Court Abuja.
The attack reportedly happened in the presence of security officials who made no attempt to arrest the attackers.
According to Amnesty International, “This is not the first time that Sowore has faced threats, attacks and intimidation since his release from DSS detention in December 2020.
“On 31 May 2021 Sowore was shot in the right side of the stomach by a female police officer at the Unity Fountain, Abuja during a peaceful protest.
“Today’s attack on Sowore comes amidst escalating threats and attacks on human rights defenders across Nigeria. The threats, harassment, intimidation and attacks on Omoleye Sowore and other human rights defenders and activists in Nigeria must end.”
Amnesty International called on the Nigerian authorities to investigate the attack and bring those responsible to justice.