Mike Ozekhome

Human rights lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mike Ozekhome, has outrightly condemned the arrest of Omoyele Sowore by the Department of State Service (DSS).

Ozekhome, who appeared as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics, said the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is “allergic to plurality of voices and criticism”.

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He said: “Dancing on the street saying we don’t want bad governance how does that amount to treason, unreasonable felony?

“This government is allergic to plurality of voices, this government is allergic to criticism, this government is allergic to opinions. This government should know that Nigeria is a country with many colours.

“You cannot sample opinions. We cannot all sleep on the same bed. This government should learn to be tolerant,” he said.

But reacting to the allegation of treasonable felony and acts of terrorism, Ozekhome disagreed with the government and security agencies, describing the allegations as “most illogical and damning.”

“That allegation is most plural, most damning and most illogical from the government or security spokespersons.

“What is treason? For the definition of treason, you have to look at Sections 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42 and 43 of the Criminal Code which applies in the Southern part of Nigeria.

“Then you must look at Section 410 of the Penal Code that applies in the Northern part of Nigeria including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja. Treason is the act of overthrowing the sovereign government of a state,” he stated.