Cory Anthony Booker, a United States Senator, has urged the Federal Government to guarantee the safety of Omoyele Sowore, convener of the #RevolutionNow movement.
Senator Booker, who is one of the lawmakers representing Sowore’s adopted state of New Jersey in the US, made his position known in a post on Twitter in reaction to the detained activist’s release by the Department of State Services (DSS) on Tuesday.
The US lawmaker is one of the six US lawmakers alongside Senators Robert Menendez, Charles (Chuck) Schumer and Christopher Coons, and Congressmen Bill Pascrell and John Gotheirmer, who recently wrote a letter to Abubakar Malami, the Attorney General of the Federation, urging the Federal Government to release Sowore.
Sowore, who is also the publisher of the online medium, Sahara Reporters, was released on Tuesday following a directive from Malami to the DSS to comply with the court order granting the activist bail.
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According to Senator Booker, Sowore’s release from DSS custody was a great relief, but he lamented that the activist will not be able to spend Christmas with his family in New Jersey due to the bail conditions.
While demanding the assurance of the activist’s safety as he enjoys his bail, the US lawmaker and aspirant for the 2020 US presidential election under the Democratic Party also asked the Federal Government to respect the Nigerian media.
“Glad to hear that Omoyele Sowore has been released from prison, though it’s unfortunate he can’t join his family in NJ for the holidays.
“Now, the Nigerian government must assure his continued safety and security as he awaits his trial and cease their concerning attacks on the press,” Senator Booker tweeted.