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FG returns Sowore to court, turns down previous release order

By News desk

The Federal Government has re-arraigned convener of #RevolutionNow Protest, Omoyele Sowore, on fresh charges before Federal High Court in Abuja, turning down court’s previous order which directed Department of State Security (DSS) to release Sowore.

As gathered, Sowore, publisher of an online news platform, Sahara Reporters, was arraigned on Monday alongside his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare.

Omoyele Sowore has welcome re-arraignment process of fresh charges laid before him by both government and DSS.

The publisher of Sahara Reporters spoke with reporters briefly during his trial.

“We are in court, of course to attend to their ridiculous charges and we are ready for them,” Sowore said.

The publisher appearance in court on Monday was the first time since he was abducted by DSS on August 3.
Meanwhile,the court  has fixed Friday for a fresh bail application in the case of  Sowore, who was earlier granted bail by the high court, presided over by Justice Taiwo Taiwo.

The DSS has failed to obey a court order by Justice Taiwo to release Sowore on bail following the expiration of the 45-day detention order granted to the DSS.

The government in suit dated September 19, and filed at Federal High Court in Abuja, had accused Sowore of treason, money laundering and granting an interview that caused an insult on the person of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The charges, which were signed on behalf of  Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice,Abubakar Malami, by Aminu Alilu, a Chief State Counsel in the Department of Public Prosecutions of the Federation‎ were filed a day before the expiration of the detention order that permitted the Department of State Service to keep Sowore for 45 days.

In the charges,  government accused Sowore and Olawale of committing conspiracy to commit treasonable felony in breach of section 516 of the Criminal Code Act by allegedly staging “a revolution campaign on September 5, 2019 aimed at removing the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.

Sowore was also accused of committing treasonable felony in breach of section, 4(1) of the Criminal Code Act, by using the platform of Coalition for Revolution, in August 2019 to stage the #RevolutionNow protest allegedly aimed at removing the President.

Moreover, the Federal Government accused the publisher of cybercrime offences by “knowingly” sending “messages by means of press interview granted on Arise Television network which you knew to be false for the purpose of causing insult, enmity, hatred and ill-will on the person of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

The charges against Sowore also include money laundering offences in breach of section 15(1) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011.

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