By Danlami Nmodu
Mr Japheth Omojuwa and others who were arrested Wednesday afternoon for protesting against the continued retention of Interior Minister,Abba Moro have been released by security agencies.Omojuwa who confirmed his release on his blog omojuwa.com said “We were moved between the Civil Defence (NSCDC) to Police to the State Security Service (SSS)”.
Writing on the incident, he said ,“We were arrested yesterday according to what one of the officers called ‘order from the Minister’ but were released about six hours later. We were moved between the Civil Defence (NSCDC) to Police to the State Security Service (SSS) but if all of the people who arrested us yesterday learned anything at all, it is that they must now know we are undeterred and undaunted. Let it be known and let it be clear, blackmail and intimidation cannot stop us. Only the sack and prosecution of Abba Moro can get us thinking of stopping while Drexel Technologies and all their cronies must be made to pay for what they did to fellow Nigerians and comrades on the 15th of March, 2014.
“Amandla Awethu!!! We will not tire. We will not falter. We will not fail. Amandla Awethu!!! #NISMurder”Omojuwa said.
Civil society activists in Abuja said in another statement, “It was only(due to) the intense pressure from Nigerians that the arrested persons were released after hours of detention at the NSCDC, Police and SSS. The Nigerian government cannot at this time take us back to the dark days when the military oppressed innocent citizens. All Nigerians have the right to peaceful protest, especially when it is over heinous acts like the shoddy and exploitative immigration recruitment exercise. Let the government know that, we know our rights, and no one will take them away.
Samson Itodo,Yusuf Shamsudeen,Cynthia Mbamalu,Terfa Hemen Liberty Oseni who signed the statement announcing the release of Omojuwa and others also called “ for the immediate sack of Abba Moro.”
Omojuwa, Uche Briggs, Azeenar Mohammad, Tosin Adex, Ikelolu Senbanjo and Mr. Ogunmola were arrested for participating in a rally to protest the continuing retention of Abba Moro as the Interior Minister following the NIS recruitment Stampede that claimed the lives of eighteen young men and women with several hundreds injured,the statement said.