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U.S. Lawmakers Warn Buhari Over Harassing Journalists, Activists

United States senator and Congressman have expressed concerns over increasing arrests and detention of journalists and activists who have spoken against corruption and insecurity in President Muhammadu Buhari’s government.
In a jointly signed letter to the Nigerian Ambassador to the U.S., Justice Sylvanus Nsofor, dated November 25, 2019, Robert Menendez, a senator and Josh Gottheimer, member of Congress took a swipe at what they described as “troubling reports” of assaults and detention of journalists and other Nigerians by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS).


The U.S. lawmakers named Sowore Omoyele of Saharareporters, Samuel Ogundipe of Premium Times, Jones Abiri, and Kofi Bartel as journalists who have been assaulted and detained by the DSS.
Accusing the Federal Government of closing the media and public space, the lawmakers called on President Muhammadu Buhari to do the right thing because the international community was watching and would not be quiet until Sowore and other prisoners of conscience were released.
Part of the statement reads: “We write to express strong concern about closing media and civic space in Nigeria.

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

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

Credit: IndependentNg

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