Showing posts with label #FreeSowore. Show all posts
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Saturday, December 7, 2019

Wole Soyinka Blasts Presidency Over Sowore's Rearrest

Wole Soyinka Blasts Presidency Over Sowore's Rearrest

After the rearrest of Omoyele Sowore the convener of RevolutionNow movement by the department of state service (DSS). The noble laureate, Wole Soyinka has told President Muhammadu Buhari to "rein in your wild dogs of disobedience ".

Wole Soyinka Blasts Presidency Over Sowore Rearrest

In a statement on Friday, Soyinka described Sowore’s rearrest as a degradation of the judiciary.

Soyinka said;

Only yesterday, in my commentary on the ongoing Sowore saga, I pointed out the near-perfect similarity between plain crude thuggery and the current rage of court disobedience. Little did I suspect that the state children of disobedience would aspire to the level of the African wild dogs on a pack hunt.
 I apologize for underestimating the DSS capacity for the unthinkable. I reiterate the nation’s concern, indeed alarm, about the escalating degradation of the judiciary through multiple means, of which disobedience of court orders is fast becoming the norm.
May I remind this government that disobedience calls to disobedience, and that disobedience of the orders of the constitutional repository of the moral authority of arbitration – the judiciary – can only lead eventually to a people’s disregard of the authority of other arms of civil society, a state of desperation that is known, recognized and accepted as – civil disobedience.
It is so obvious – state disobedience leads eventually to civil disobedience, piecemeal or through a collective withdrawal of recognition of other structures of authority. That way leads to chaos but – who set it in motion? As is often the case, the state, unquestionably. Such a state bears full responsibility for the ensuing social condition known as anomie.
It has become imperative and urgent to send this message to President-General Buhari: Rein in your wild dogs of disobedience. And for a start, get a trainer to teach them some basic court manners!

Sowore and Olawale Bakare were rearrested on Friday by DSS operatives at the federal high court in Abuja, less than 24 hours after they were released on the order of the court.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Watch Video: ‘We Will Survive This, I Am Not Afraid,’ Sowore Says In Court

Watch Video: ‘We Will Survive This, I Am Not Afraid,’ Sowore Says In Court

Watch Video: ‘We Will Survive This, I Am Not Afraid,’ Sowore Says In Court

Omoyele Sowore In High Spirit

The convener of the August 5th #RevolutionNow protest, Mr Omoyele Sowore to day friday during his appearance at the Federal High Court in Abuja, the nation’s capital, has urged his supporters to remain resolute and not give up assuring a "brand new Nigeria".

In a short video obtained from ChannelsTv earlier before the trial judge granted him and his co-defendant, Mr Olawale Bakare bail, a crowd of supporters surrounded Sowore in the courtroom, accusing security operatives of intimidating him.

A hot argument ensued as Sowore, who was visibly angry said, “Nobody can harass me. Under the military, we survived it; we will survive this one too.”

“It doesn’t matter how long it takes, we must persevere and ensure that we liberate ourselves. We must not give up.

“I am in high spirit, I am not afraid, I don’t care what they do. We need a brand new country, that’s what I’m about,” he added.

Sowore and Bakare were arraigned on Monday by the Federal Government on seven charges before Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu.

The charges filed against Sowore and Bakare by the government are alleged conspiracy to commit treason and money laundering among others.

Both men have been granted bail in the sum of N150 million as reported in our Live Update today.

The court, however, gave them some conditions, including depositing their.

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BREAKING NEWS!!!: Court Grants Sowore, Bakare Bail

BREAKING NEWS!!!: Court Grants Sowore, Bakare Bail

BREAKING NEWS!!!: Court Grants Sowore, Bakare Bail

Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of a federal high court sitting in Abuja has
granted Nigerian pro-democracy advocate, Omoyele Sowore, and Olawale
Bakare with stringent conditions.

According to Saharareporters, which says Sowore's bail conditions include N100 million and two sureties in like
sum, must have one of the sureties must own landed property and
deposit N50 million, and prohibited from travelling outside Abuja.

Bakare was granted bail to the sum of N50 million and prohibited from
travelling outside Osun State.

Sowore and Bakare are prohibited from addressing the press until the
completion of the trial.
LIVE: Court Hears Sowore, Bakare’s Bail Application

LIVE: Court Hears Sowore, Bakare’s Bail Application

LIVE: Court Hears Sowore, Bakare’s Bail Application


Welcome to our live updates page on the bail application filed by the convener of #RevolutionNow protest, Mr Omoyele Sowore, and his co-defendant, Mr Olawale Bakare.

The duo were arraigned by the Federal Government on seven charges bordering on alleged conspiracy to commit treason and money laundering among others.

They were brought to the Federal High Court on Monday by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS).

However, Sowore and Bakare pleaded not guilty to all the charges against them.

Stay with us, keep reloading this for updates on the proceedings…

12:49 PM: The second defendant has also been granted bail in the sum of N50 million and a surety in like sum.

He is also to deposit his travel documents, stay within Abuja and must not hold any rally during the pendency of the case and like in the issue of the first defendant, no part of the bail conditions must be disobeyed.

12:48 PM: Where there is a violation of the bail conditions, she threatens that the court shall not fail to revoke the bail.

12:47 PM: The judge grants bail to the first defendant in sum of N100 million and two sureties in like sum.

She says the sureties must swear to an affidavit means of over N50 million and deposit tax clearance while the first defendant must deposit his travel documents and is prohibited from holding any public rally and must stay within the jurisdiction of Abuja.

12:45 PM: According to the judge, the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) is clear as to when someone charged with treason can be granted bail. “Since the charge before the court does not carry any death penalty, I am inclined to grant bail,” she said.

 12:41 PM: The trial judge, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu, is back in court.

12:25 PM: The court registrar says the judge will be ready in 15 minutes.

11:34 AM: Replying on points of law, Falana said the defendant have not been charged along with Kanu and that, in fact, in the proof of evidence the first defendant asked Kanu to come back and build Nigeria.

He added that Kanu’s case has no nexus with this and if they want him back, there is an extradition agreement between Nigeria and Britain but the Federal Government is not willing.

11:20 AM: As such, the court should take judicial notice of the case where the defendant has jumped bail and these defendants are likely to jump bail.

11:15 AM: He said he is ready for an accelerated hearing if it means hearing the case day-to-day.

He concluded by referring the court to the case of Nnamdi Kanu vs Federal Government 2015 in which the defendant is charged in similar circumstances and after he was granted bail by the court, he jumped bail.

11:12 AM: For the second defendant, Liman said he filed a 20-paragraph affidavit along with a written address which he adopts as his argument in the application.

He adopted his argument in respect of the first defendant, most especially on the issue of the severity of the offence.

11:10 AM: Liman, therefore, urged the court to hold that the documents are worthless pieces of papers and of no value.

He also asked the court to dismiss the bail application as bail is granted on special circumstances which the applicant has not satisfied.

11:09 AM: The prosecutor also submitted that the exhibits relied upon in the further affidavit of the defendant to say that other senior citizens of this country, including the President talked of revolution.

He said it is an effort by the first defendant to justify the action he is being tried for.

He submitted that it is not relevant for the consideration for whether or not the applicant should be granted bail.

11:06 AM: Liman stated that to demonstrate this, the first defendant when he was being taken away from the court on Monday, shouted ‘revolution’.

He said this averment of the conduct of the applicant has not been countered anywhere in the affidavit and it shows that the applicant if released is ready to resume.

11:05 AM: Liman, therefore, submits that the court should look at the severity of the case and likelihood of the defendant to jump bail.

He also said that one of the reasons bail should not be granted is the likelihood of the defendant repeating the offence.

11:04 AM: He told the court that this is an offence that is punishable by life imprisonment or any other capital punishment.

11:03 AM: Mr Liman, on his part, stated that the Abiola case was a decision of the appeal court alone and was as far back as the 90s’ but the case of Asari Dokubo was delivered in 2007 and that once there is threat to national security and if the severity of the event is high.

11:01 AM: Falana said this was stated specifically in the counter-affidavit of the prosecution.

He submitted further that as in Asari Dokubo, if the offence or allegation involves the issue of national security unless if the defendant shows special circumstances, bail will be granted but in Asari Dokubo, all the courts of the land refused to grant bail.

10:59 AM: He, therefore, submitted that in similar circumstances like the case at hand the Federal High Court, the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court held that Asari Dokubo if granted bail will not make himself available for trial because he was a flight risk.

10:58 AM: Falana said he relies heavily on the case of Asari Dokubo vs the State in which Asari Dokubo was charged with criminal felony under Section 40 of the Criminal Code and the two defendants on charge one and the two before the court are charged for conspiracy to commit treason and treasonable felony like Asari Dokubo.

10:50 AM: In summary, Falana referred to a write-up by late Akinola Aguda where he warned that except fear of economic hardship is removed, the country is in danger of crimes.

He adds that the write-up was done in 1985 and urged the court to admit Bakare to bail in self-recorgnisance.

10:48 AM: He said that the complainant has no serious complaint to his bail application as the defendant does not leave in the US and cannot run away.

He said Bakare leaves in Osogbo and will not go anywhere.

10:47 AM: With respect to the second defendant, Mr Olawale Bakare, Falana adopted his written submission.

10:46 AM: Falana concluded that many paragraphs of the prosecutor’s counter-affidavit are erroneous and should be struck out and if they are dismissed, it means that the application is unchallenged.

10:45 AM: He also quoted the case of Dr Beko Ransom-Kuti and four others vs The State, saying he was personally involved and they were granted bail by a Magistrate Court in Gwagwalada in the sum of N20,000.

10:44 AM: Falana also cited the case of Ameh Obute vs The State in 1994 saying out of the persons charged for treason, four of them are in the APC today and are the leaders, including Ahmed Tinubu, Ameh Obute and Senator Ibrahim, and were all granted bail on self-recognisance.

10:43 AM: Citing the case of Abiola where he was charged with treason and treasonable felony, Falana said Abiola was granted bail by the Court of Appeal on self-recognisance and asked him not to engage in any activity that will jeopardise the peace of the country.

10:42 AM: On the second charge which is alleged transfer of money to Sowore’s company, Falana stated that the defendant transferred his own money and it was termed money laundering.
He added that the prosecutor advanced Asari Dokubo’s case and it is nowhere related to this case because Asari was nailed by his own statement where he said he blew up pipelines but nowhere in Sowore’s statement to DSS did he state or agreed to have done any wrong.

10:39 AM: Falana added that the current law now is that where there is a protest, the police should provide protection.

10:32 AM: He stated that the only time Nigerians have ever been prosecuted for a call for revolution was in 1948, reported in 1949 Rosita Ogbuna vs Rex.

According to him, those young men were charged with sedition.

10:28 AM: He insisted that there is nowhere it has been stated or shown that the first defend (Sowore) called for violence.

He further stated that the use of the word “revolution” has never been criminalised in Nigeria.

Hence, President Muhammadu Buhari called for a revolution and was never arrested or criminalised.

10:27 AM: Falana said in the counter affidavit, he has shown that leaders of the ruling party, including the President, has been calling for a revolution such as in 2011 when the President called for a revolution like that of Egypt.

10:25 AM: Falana further stated that there is a counter-affidavit filed by the prosecutor that the first defendant may not stand trial because he resides in the United States.

And that because one Nnamdi Kanu who was charged before this court jumped bail, the first defendant should not be granted bail.

Falana, however, filed a counter-affidavit and replied on points of law to the effect that in the entire grounds of the submission of the prosecutor who is the complainant, the fear or allegation is that the first defendant was going to overthrow the Government of Nigeria but no evidence was adduced to that claim.

10:25 AM: Falana said that the first defendant is presumed innocent by virtue of Section 36 of the 1999 Constitution and as such, the onus is on the prosecution to convince the court why the first defendant should not be admitted to bail.

10:23 AM: Falana also applied to the court to allow him adopt the written address.

He adds that the application is hinged on the fact that the first defendant has never committed an offence before and that investigation of his case has been concluded.

He also said the first defendant said he will never interfere or make contact with the witness of the prosecution.

10:18 AM: Falana said the motion is praying the court to admit Sowore to bail in liberal terms.

According to him, the application is supported by a 22-paragraph affidavit, three exhibits a, b, and c and a written address, as well as a certificate for compliance.

10:08 AM: The hearing has resumed. Mr Falana informed the court that there are three applications.

He said the first application for the first defendant which is Sowore was filed on September 30.

9:40 AM: The matter has been stood down for 30 minutes.

This is to allow the counsel to the defendants, Falana, to completely file his reply to the counter affidavit filed by the prosecutor, Hassan Liman, asking the court to turn down the application for Sowore and Bakare’s bail.

9:23 AM: Sitting has commenced and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Femi Falana, is in court to represent the defendants.

9:18 AM:  The practice of allowing journalists to take shots before the judge arrives has been prevented by men of the DSS.

They did not give any reasons but made journalists promise not to take shots.

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Monday, September 30, 2019

Sowore Arrives Court With #RevolutionNow Chants

Sowore Arrives Court With #RevolutionNow Chants

Sowore Arrives Court With #RevolutionNow Chants

Convener of #RevolutionNow protest, Mr. Omoyele Sowore, has arrived the Federal High Court in Abuja set for his arraignment on charges of treasonable felony and other sundry offences instituted against him by the Federal Government.

Sowore, who was surrounded by operatives of the Department of State Services for the scheduled arraignment, arrived the fourth floor of the court edifice at about 9.10am chanting ‘Revolution,’ with his waiting followers completing the slogan with a chorus of “Now.”, PUNCH reports

He is to be arraigned before Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu, whose courtroom is located on the fourth floor.

The DSS on August 3, 2019 arrested Sowore for calling for a revolution through a protest scheduled to hold on August 5.

On August 8, Justice Taiwo Taiwo in the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court granted the DSS permission to hold the activist in custody for 45 days.

Barely 24 hours before the expiration of the 45 days on September 21, the AGF office, on September 20, filed seven counts of treasonable felony, cyber crimes and money laundering against the activist.

On September 24, upon a request by Sowore’s legal team led by Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), Justice Taiwo Taiwo granted him bail, with the sole condition that he deposit his passport in the court’s registry.

But one week after meeting the bail condition, the DSS has yet to release the activist.

In what came as a shock to Falana and other members of his team, the DSS, Dr. Peter Afunnaya, told our source on September 26 that the agency had yet to be served with the court order for Sowore’s release.

Debunking the DSS’ claim in a swift reaction, Falana said Ayuba Adam of the Legal Department of the DSS received the court order on behalf of the agency on September 24, 2019 (Tuesday).

He added that the agency’s lawyer, G. O. Agbadua, represented the agency in court on the day the order was issued, implying that the agency was not in doubt that the court order was issued.

On Friday, the DSS operatives blocked a bailiff of the court from serving the court order again on the agency.

It was reported that the bailiff narrated how he was, on Friday, prevented from serving on the DSS in the affidavit of “non-service” which he deposed to before the court’s Commissioner of Oath later on Friday

 Also Read: #RevolutionNow: Apostle Suleiman Considers Standing As Surety For Sowore
DSS Drags Sowore To Court

DSS Drags Sowore To Court

DSS Drags Sowore To Court

The Department of State Services (DSS) has brought Omoyele Sowore, the African Action Congress’ (AAC) Presidential candidate in the 2019 election to a Federal High Court in Abuja.

Sowore who has been held in detention by the DSS is the convener of the RevolutionNow Movement.

He is being accused of plans to illegally and unconstitutionally overthrow the democratically elected government of President Muhammadu Buhari through RevolutionNow protest.

The operatives of the DSS sneaked the Publisher of Sahara Reporters through the backdoor into the courtroom.

Sowore appeared full of energy and was smiling all through as he exchanged pleasantries with lawyers.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Breaking: Court Orders DSS To Immediately Release Sowore

Breaking: Court Orders DSS To Immediately Release Sowore

Breaking: Court Orders DSS To Immediately Release Sowore

The Federal High Court in Lagos on Tuesday ordered the immediate release of the convener of #RevolutionNow protest, Mr. Omoyele Sowore, from the custody of the Department of State Service, DSS, Pmnews reports.

 Justice Taiwo Taiwo said the activist should be released to his lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), who is to produce him for arraignment whenever he is required.

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#FreeSowore: Buhari Regime Running Government Of Impunity - Deji Adeyanju

#FreeSowore: Buhari Regime Running Government Of Impunity - Deji Adeyanju

#FreeSowore: Buhari Regime Running Government Of Impunity, Says Deji Adeyanju

Supporters of human rights activist and pro-democracy campaigner, Omoyele Sowore, have once again condemned the President Muhammadu Buhari regime and corruption in the judiciary.

Their condemnation came on the heels of Department of State Services' arraignment of Sowore at a federal high court sitting in Abuja, today.

Rights activist Deji Adeyanju, who spoke with SaharaReporters, said he did not expect a good outcome from the arraignment because of the corruption in the judiciary.

He said, "We do not expect any good outcome because this is the federal government of impunity. Sowore is a modern-day hero. He has not said he will form a parallel government. So, I do not understand why such a person will be charged with treasonable felony."

He added that the arraignment was a tactic to delay justice in the matter.

"We are here to witness the abuse of court processes. They have run out to ideas to continue detaining him so we are not surprised by the tactics. What crime did Sowore commit? The charges are baseless."

Dr. Chidi Omogobuta, governorship candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) in the 2019 general elections in Imo State, said she was in Abuja to show solidarity.

"I am here to support Sowore because what is going on is very disgusting. His detention is strong evidence of lack of democracy in Nigeria. This is a case that is dead on arrival. I want to use this opportunity to call on the youths to wake up and smell the coffee and support a freedom fighter," she said.