Confusion continues to trail the arrest of five activists who were arrested for wearing “Buhari Must Go” t-shirts to Dunamis International Gospel Centre.
The activists are still being held and their whereabouts have been unknown since they were whisked away in a van and on two bikes by the operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) on Sunday.
A delegation led by the human rights activist Omoyele Sowore had on Monday afternoon met with Dunamis pastor Paul Enenche who told them that the activists were not turned in by church security.
Enenche said he had made efforts as early as 7:00 am on Monday and reached out to the DSS to demand their release.
But sources from the DSS told Sahara Reporters that it was the church that invited them to arrest the activists and that they picked them up from the church security team at the Dunamis security post.
There are fears for the well-being of the activists who were said to have been tortured and brutalised before they were taken away.
The activists have also not been allowed access to their lawyers and families.
DSS has not officially denied or confirmed what the security source reportedly said.
Meanwhile, human rights lawyer Inibehe Effiong had faulted the arrest of the activists, saying they committed no offence known to law.
He described their arrest as callous, illegal, and one that has no legal basis and justification.
“We’ve to decide whether to live in a democratic country or under dictatorship,” Effiong said.
“The church has no business discriminating against people based on their political views. If those activists wore t-shirts with the inscription ‘Buhari beyond 2023’, would they have been arrested?
“It is more troubling that those arrested were handed over to the DSS.
“How did we get so low as a country? The civic space is shrinking by the day. Buhari will eventually leave that position but the damage that has been done to our country and civic space will persist after him.”