PEN International calls on the Nigerian authorities to uphold their obligations to protect freedom of expression
December 4, 2019
Breaking News: Sowore Arrested in Court Statement from Family
December 6, 2019
“It might be my only words on record before they kill me. This is an attempt to assassinate me in court. They came with a gun and they were trying to shoot and they dragged me down in front of a judge after I had been granted bail. I said it to you yesterday that these are bunch of lawless people and that they were reluctant to respect the order of the court. Now, they have shown it to the whole country. What is important for Nigerians to know is that I am not going to give up until every Nigerian benefits from a country that is theirs and I have made it very clear. They tried to break me in prison. They sent delegations to me offering all kinds and I refused and they promised that I would not walk out of their detention alive. So, that is what they came here to implement today. Nobody in Nigeria should be afraid. This is our country and some people have to make the sacrifice for this country to be a country of rule, of law and of dignity. And this also involves judges. If suspects who have been given bail are not safe in the country, judges themselves are not safe. That is why the judge had to retire hurriedly into her chambers. So, we urge you guys to hang around so that you can witness this. This is a historical day in Nigeria and I am happy that I am part of this history.”