FG Slams Treasonable Felony Charges Against Sowore
Accuses him of causing insult, enmity, hatred and ill-will on Buhari
The Federal Government has, on Friday, slammed a seven counts charge of treasonable felony and money laundering against the duo of Mr. Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare, also known as Mandate.
Mr. Sowore is the convener of #RevolutionNow and publisher of SaharaReporters as well as the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress [AAC] in the February 2019 presidential election.
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.
In the charges, 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 treasonable 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.
The charges also accused Sowore of cybercrime offences in violation of section 24(1)(b) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention) Act.
It said that he knowingly sent “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.”
Sowore was also accused of money laundering offences in breach of section 15(1) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 in the charge.
The federal government filed the charges a day before the expiration of the detention order issued by the Federal High Court in Abuja
The detention order which was to elapse tomorrow, September 2, allowed the Department of State Service [DSS] to keep him in detention for 45 days.