According to NJ Newspaper, Omoyele Sowore, a Pro-democracy campaigner and journalist, has made a list of the Top 20 New Jersey people to watch out for the year 2020.
Pro-democracy campaigner and journalist made in on a list that includes New Jersey governor, Phil Murphy, who doubles as Chairman of Democratic Governors Association. The list also includes Charles Rose, the brains behind Ironbound Cider.
Featuring Sowore on number 16 on its notable list, the newspaper said, “Omoyele Sowore, a Haworth resident, is an activist and journalist who was arrested sometime in August, 2019 and held in his native Nigeria on charges of treason, money laundering and cyberstalking the Nigerian president.
Sowore was released on bail on Christmas eve after heavy pressure from neighbours and United States lawmakers.
Sowore remains in Nigeria as his legal situation is still unresolved, leaving lots of question marks as to what comes next.
Recall that four days before Sowore’s release on bail on 24th December, the United State Congressman, Josh Gottheimer, sponsored his nomination as Prisoner of Conscience at the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission of the United States House of Representatives.
The 48-year-old journalist was first arrested on 3rd August, 2019 for calling on Nigerians to take to the streets in peaceful demonstrations to demand a better country from the political leaders.
He was briefly released on bail on 5th December but rearrested a few hours later on 6th December by the Department of State Service (DSS) operatives while appearing for his trial in a case brought against him by the Nigerian Government.
Despite the two court orders directing his release on bail during that period, Sowore spent over four (4) months in detention. Sowore’s trial resumes shortly in a case that has been described as unjustified by spectators.