Nigeria government charges Sowore with treason, accuses him of insulting Buhari

The Federal Government on Friday filed seven counts of treasonable felony and money laundering against the Convener of # RevolutionNow protest , Mr Omoyele Sowore .

Sowore , publisher of Sahara Reporters and a presidential candidate in the February 2019 presidential election , is charged along with Olawale Bakare , also known as Mandate .

The charges were signed on behalf of the Attorney – General of the Federation and Minister of Justice , Abubakar Malami (SAN) , by Aminu Alilu , a Chief State Counsel in the Department of Public Prosecutions of the Federation , the Federal Ministry of Justice .

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The charges were filed a day before the expiration of the detention order of the Federal High Court in Abuja permitting the Department of State Service to keep the activist for 45 days .

The detention order elapses on September 21.

In the charges instituted against the defendants , the prosecution accused Sowore and his co – defendant 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” .

The prosecution also accused them of committing the actual offence of reasonable felony in breach of section, 4 (1 )( c ) of the Criminal Code Act, by using the platform of Coalition for Revolution , in August 2019 in Abuja , Lagos and other parts of Nigeria , to stage the # RevolutionNow protest allegedly aimed at removing the President.

It also accused Sowore of cybercrime offences in violation of section 24 (1 )(b) of the Cybercrimes ( Prohibition , Prevention ) Act, 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 . ”

It also accused Sowore of money laundering offences in breach of section 15 (1 ) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition ) Act , 2011 by alleged transferring by means of swift wire.

The sums of money he was said to have been involved in the alleged transfers were the sums of $ 19, 975 on April 2 , 2019 ; $ 20, 475 on May 21, 2019 , $ 16, 975 on June 27, 2019 , and another $ 16, 975 on July 16 , 2019 .

The DSS arrested Sowore in Lagos on August 2 , 2019 , following his call for revolution in a protest he organised to take place in some major cities on August 5 .

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