Sowore, Co-defendant remanded in DSS custody

An Abuja high court on Monday remanded the convener of #RevolutionNow protest, Omoyele Sowore, and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare in the custody of the DSS pending the hearing of their bail application.

Sowore and Bakare were arraigned by the Federal Government on seven charges bordering on an alleged conspiracy to commit treason, money laundering, and insulting the President, among others.

Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu, the presiding judge read out the seven-count charges against the defendants.

The charges read out by the judge are, 1. “That you, Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare, under the name #RevolutionNow, did conspire amongst yourself to carry out revolution protests aimed at removing the President.”

  1. ‘That you, Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare, and others at large under the coalition for revolution staged a revolution campaign on 5th day of August aimed at removing the President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces during his tenure in office.
  2. “That you, Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare, and others at large did commit offence by sending a message by means of press interview to Arise TV which you knew will cause insult and hatred towards the President.”
  3. “That you Omoyele Sowore on April 2019 at Lagos and Abuja commit an offence by transferring the sum of $19,975 from your UBA account credited by City Bank, USA into a Sahara Bank Account with the aim of concealing the origin of the funds.”
  4. Sowore was also accused of transferring $20,475 dollars from his UBA account credited by Sahara Reporters Media Group in New York with the aim of concealing the illicit origin of the funds.
  5. “That you Omoyele Sowore on the 27th of June did commit an offence by transferring the sum of $16,967 credited by Sahara Media Group USA with the aim of concealing the illicit origin of the funds”.
  6. “That you Omoyele Sowore on 16th July at Lagos and Abuja committed an offence by transferring the sum of $16,975 from your account in USA with the aim of concealing the illicit origin of the funds. He pleaded not guilty”.
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The duo pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Sowore was represented incourt by Olumide A, who stood in for Femi Falan (SAN) while Hassan Liman is the prosecuting counsel.

Justice Ojokwu fixed Thursday for hearing of their bail application.

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