Publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore and Human Right activist, Deji Adeyanju, have visited the Senior Pastor of Dunamis International Gospel Centre, Dr.Paul Enenche over the arrest of some activists arrested in the church premises for wearing #BuhariMustGo Tshirts on Sunday.
The activists were said to have arrived the church at about 3:00pm alongside their lawyer , Barrister Abubakar Marshal in a meeting behind close door with the pastor which confirmed that the arrest was made by operatives of Department of State Service ( DSS ) but not the church security officials.
Addressing journalists shortly after the meeting, Adeyanju explained that the church was not involved in the incident adding that the pastor informed them that he had taken steps as at 7:00am to the release of the activists.
He said the pastor said the activists commited no crime and that he had reached out to the DSS authorities as regards the matter.
According him ” The pastor said he did not like the fact that the activists were making the noise in the chirch which could be misconstrued that the church was sponsorsoring a protest .
Also Soeaking, Sowore said the pastor denied the claims that the activists were trying to disrupt the church service.
He quoted the pastor to have said that he personally saw them when they came out for altar call that he was even excited seeing them.
Sowore said ” it is their right , I wore my BuhariMustGo T Shirt to meet with him today. So nobody can tell you what to wear to church or to school except the schools that wear uniforms.
” As adults, if we are tired of the system and we say the system must collapse, it is our right to express ourselves freely. I told the pastor when he said he was unhappy when the activists were trying.to protest within the premises that with the way things are going on, many people would be wearing #BuhariMustGo T. Shirts to the church because people are tired of Buharii regime.
” We have a respectable agreement and some disagreement over this issue but what is important to me and why I don’t want to drag this for too long is the release of these individuals from detention .
” We are going to wait till evening because we requested that they should be released today ( Monday ) . Nobody knows their whereabouts . We don’t know whether they have been fed or tortured.
Meanwhile there was a mild drama at the gate of the church when the activists were granting press interview when some overzealous Policemen challenged them and pointed guns at the journalists who were conducting the interview.
The situation led to heated arguments as gum wielding operatives insisted to know their mission for granting Interviews at the gate.
The confusion which lasted for few minutes was brought under control when the activists maintained their ground that they have not violated any law with their action.
At press time, the whereabouts of the arrested activists were sketchy.