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Islamic group reacts to arrest of Sowore

An Islamic human rights organization, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has called for the immediate and unconditional release of the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), Omoyele Sowore.

Its leader, Ishaq Akintola, in a statement on Saturday night, urged the Department of State Service (DSS) to respect the “fundamental human rights granted by Allah” of Sowore.

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MURIC said it should not be subjected to inhuman treatment, since Section 34 (b) and (c) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria of 1999, as amended (2011), states that everyone has the right to respect their dignity.

“The African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, Article 4, Clauses 1 and two also says:” Human beings are inviolable. Every human being shall have the right to respect his life and the integrity of his person.

“Therefore, Sowore must be allowed access to his family members and the doctor. He must also be treated with courtesy,” he added.

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“Although we do not subscribe to the call for any revolution because we do not see the need to do so given the current administration’s commitment to good governance,

we consider it appropriate to request the immediate and unconditional release of the detained activist. Alternatively, it must be prosecuted before a competent court in the shortest possible time.

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“Finally, we remind the DSS of the provisions of Article 7 (b) of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights that stipulate the right to be considered innocent until a competent court or tribunal proves its guilt. Nigeria is a signatory to this statute, and the DSS cannot pretend to ignore it.”

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