Crossover arrest: Sowore embarks on hunger strike in detention

SaharaReporters’ publisher Omoyele Sowore has commenced an indefinite hunger strike, a day after he was whisked away and taken into custody by operatives of the Nigeria police.

Recall the rights activist was arrested alongside other citizens in the wee hours of New Year’s Day, during a crossover gathering in Abuja to protest widespread poverty and rights abuses.

Mr. Sowore, who was apparently injured during his forceful arrest by police officers embarked on a hunger strike Saturday, to protest the police’s refusal to grant him access to his books, SaharaReporters is reporting.

Police authorities did not explain reasons for the decision. The Force has yet to file charges against the activist and his detained colleagues who are being held at Abattoir.

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