US Lawmakers Petition Nigeria Over Attack On Journalists, Activists

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Robert Menendez, a United States senator and Josh Gottheimer, a member of congress, have petitioned the Head of Mission to America, Sylvanus Adiewere Nsofor over continued attack on journalists and activists.

The US lawmakers expressed concern over the continued detention of Sowore despite fulfilling bail conditions twice after court orders.

The petition reads in part, “We write to express our strong concern over closing media and civic space in Nigeria.

“There have been a lot of troubling reports about security services assaulting and detaining journalists using excessive force on non-violent protesters and taking other actions that inhibit freedom of expression, and otherwise prevent from fully exercising their fundamental constitutional rights.”

In the letter, Congress further condemned the illegal detention of activists and journalists like Omoyele Sowore, Jones Abiri, who are speaking out about politically sensitive problems like corruption and insecurity.

At some point, some of these activists have been greatly tortured and yet nothing has been done to stop the crackdown.

Adelowo Adegboyega
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