Showing posts with label #RevolutionNow. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #RevolutionNow. Show all posts

Friday, August 23, 2019

Details Of What Nigeria's Secret Police, DSS, Counted Against Sowore

Details Of What Nigeria's Secret Police, DSS, Counted Against Sowore

The Department of State Services (DSS) says it suspected that Omoyele Sowore, a candidate in Nigeria's last presidential election wanted to work with the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) to topple the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The federal government had proscribed the two groups, describing them as terrorist organizations.

Sowore is known in Nigeria and around the world as a human rights activist and non-violent agitator for democratic ideals.

He was part of the struggle against military jackboot in Nigeria and has continued to speak against bad governance and oppression in the country.

But the President Buhari regime claimed that his opponent, Sowore, in the February 23 presidential election was working with two terrorist groups to violently topple his government through the #RevolutionNow protest.

The DSS said this in an affidavit attached to its counter-argument against the application of Sowore challenging his detention.

An Abuja federal high court had granted the DSS 45 days to keep Sowore in its custody pending investigation into the allegation of terrorism against him.

Sowore had called for a non-violent nationwide protest scheduled for August 5 but was arrested in his apartment in Lagos on August 3 just before the #RevolutionNow protests kicked off.

The affidavit read: “The respondent./applicant (Sowore) planned to violently change the government through the hashtag RevolutionNow. Therespondent/appellant hid under the cover of call for mass protest with the hashtag RevolutionNow to mislead unsuspecting and innocent members of the public into joining him to topple the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

“In his plot to topple the government, the respondent/applicant held series of meetings with members at a prescribed terrorist organisation, Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) with a view to mobilizing strong forces to realize his agenda at changing the government. The respondent formed an alliance with a fugitive, Nnamdi Kanu, a self-acclaimed leader of the proscribed terrorist group, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), to launch a series of attacks on Nigeria with a view to violently removing the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“After a series of closed-door meetings between the duo in the United States of America, they addressed a press conference wherein they both stated their resolve to form an alliance against the Nigerian government. The duo stated that they have a well-planned strategy to realize their objective, which is toppling the government."

The court document added, “The applicant/respondent is investigating the activities of the respondent /applicant as it relates to a terrorist organisation, IPOB. The facts show a conjecture between the respondent/applicant and IPOB activities.

“There is a need for the applicant/respondent to investigate such reasonable suspicion of the relationship between the respondent/applicant and IPOB. The respondent held series of meetings with some foreign collaborators outside Nigeria including Dubai where millions of dollars were given to him to sponsor a widespread attack on Nigeria with a view to violently removing the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and freeing Ibrahim El-Zakzaky (Sheikh)."

Similarly, the affidavit claimed: “In furtherance to the plans to violently free El-Zakzaky from lawful custody. the respondent held several meetings with a proscribed terrorist organisation. Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) where they strategized on how to carry out attacks to force the government to free Elzakzaky.

“The respondent stated in one of his videos that Shiite members, who are members of the proscribed terrorists group, IMN were going to join forces with him in bringing down the government. The statement and the meetings of the respondent/applicant raise the issue of grave suspicion of supporting a proscribed terrorists’ organisation, IMN.

“The suspicions require diligent investigation by the applicant/respondent. The planned action constitutes a threat of violence to intimidate or cause panic in members of the public as a means of affecting political conduct. The investigation is still ongoing. Upon the completion of the investigation, the case file will be forwarded to the office of the Attorney General of the Federation for advice and possible prosecution.”
(SaharaReporters)

Thursday, August 8, 2019

#RevolutionNow: NLC Begs FG To Release Sowore, Others

#RevolutionNow: NLC Begs FG To Release Sowore, Others

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has urged the Federal Government to release Mr Omoyele Sowore and 26 other protesters arrested on account of the #RevolutionNow protest on Monday.
#RevolutionNow: NLC Begs FG To Release Sowore, Others

FreshReporters News had recalled that the CEO of Sahara Reporters and presidential candidate of the African Action Congress in the February 2019 elections was arrested in the early hours of Saturday by operatives of the Department of State Services in Lagos.

The protests held on Aug. 5 in some states of the federation, with security agencies arresting some protesters.

While Sowore was moved to Abuja on Sunday and currently being detained in the custody of the DSS, 26 other protesters have been arraigned in a Lagos court.

NLC General Secretary, Dr Peter Ozo-Eson in a statement on Wednesday said the right to peaceful protests, assembly and association is fully guaranteed by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria under sections 39 and 40.

According to him, the NLC view the violent attack on the peaceful protesters by security forces as a total violation of their fundamental rights as guaranteed by the constitution.

“Besides, peaceful protests against perceived anti-people government policies is one of the critical fundamental rights that expands the entrenchment and growth of democracy.

“Sowore and other protesters were not carrying arms against the state and we therefore demand their immediate release unconditionally.” : NAN reports.

BREAKING: Court Grants DSS Permission To Detain Sowore For 45 Days

BREAKING: Court Grants DSS Permission To Detain Sowore For 45 Days

BREAKING: Court Grants DSS Permission To Detain Sowore For 45 Days
The Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday granted permission to detain the publisher of SaharaReporters and convener of RevolutionNow, Omoyele Sowore, for 45 days, The Punch reports.

Justice Taiwo Taiwo, ruling on an ex parte application by the State Security Service, whose operatives arrested Sowore last Saturday, held that the detention order would be renewable after the expiration of first 45 days on September 21.

The SSS had on Tuesday applied for permission to keep Sowore for 90 days to investigate him over his call for revolution ahead of the RevolutionNow protests which held in some parts of the country on Monday.

The security agency anchored its application on the provision of section 27(1) of the Terrorism (Prevention) Amendment Act.

Ruling on ex parte application, a one-sided request by the SSS without counter-argument by Sowore’s legal team, Justice Taiwo, said he had to grant the application, “only to the extent” of allowing the security agency to keep the respondent in custody for only 45 days for the applicant to conclude its investigation.

He said, although the hearing of the application was one-sided as provided by 27(1) of the Terrorism (Prevention) Amendment Act, the use of the word,  “may”, in the provision “is directory” and not “discretionary”.

He said he would, therefore, be failing in his duty not to grant the request for a detention order.

He also said should the applicant require more time to conclude its investigation after the expiration of the first 45 days, it had the liberty to apply for its renewal.
(Saharareporters/Punch)

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Sowore Rejects Food From DSS, Remains In High Spirits In Detention

Sowore Rejects Food From DSS, Remains In High Spirits In Detention

Sowore rejects food from DSS, remains in high spirits in detention
Omoyele Sowore was arrested by the DSS for allegedly threatening Nigeria's harmony [Twitter@YeleSowore]
You might have missed the previous news where Governor Wike Of Rivers says Nobody Should Attempt The ‘Revolution Now’ Protest In his state read it full HERE

Sowore has called for the release of Nigerians arrested by authorities while protesting on Monday.

Omoyele Sowore, a former presidential candidate, has called for the release of RevolutionNow protesters who were arrested by security agents during demonstrations on Monday, August 5, 2019.

Sowore was arrested by the Department of State Services (DSS) on Saturday, August 3 for calling for nationwide protests against the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government.

Also Read: 30 CSOs Stage Counter-protest Against Sowore’s Coalition

The Sahara Reporters founder accused the current government of badly managing the affairs of the country and called on Nigerians to reject the wickedness of the establishment.

After the DSS picked him up on Saturday, the agency accused him of threatening the harmony of the nation by plotting to overthrow a democratically-elected government.

Despite the warnings of security agencies against the protests, many staged demonstrations in a few states in the country on Monday, leading to a crackdown that involved many arrests in Lagos, Osun, Ogun and Cross River.
Sowore rejects food from DSS, remains in high spirits in detention
Police officers clash with RevolutionNow protesters in Surulere, Lagos on Monday, August 5, 2019 

When he was allowed to meet with members of the Take It Back Movement late on Monday, a defiant Sowore called for the release of those arrested, according to a report by Sahara Reporters.

"I join others in demanding for the immediate and unconditional release of all those arrested by the police on Monday," he said.

Also see: the secret video of how DSS came fir Sowore

The activist turned politician said he was bothered by the crackdown on Nigerians who were merely expressing their civil rights through peaceful protests.
Even though he noted that he was being treated well in detention, he has refused to eat meals given to him by the DSS.

Take It Back spokesperson, Rachel Onamusi-Kpiasi, said the movement has been granted permission to deliver food on a daily basis to the detainee who she said remained in high spirits.

In its condemnation of the RevolutionNow protests, the presidency said only an electoral process determines a change of government, not a forceful overthrow.

Buhari won re-election in the February presidential election in which Sowore contested and performed woefully.
Many Nigerians have condemned his arrest and called for his release from detention.

They include Professor Wole Soyinka, Femi Falana, and former presidential candidates, Dr Oby Ezekwesili and Atiku Abubakar.

Onamusi-Kpiasi said the Take It Back movement will continue to agitate for Sowore's release as well as that of its other comrades whose voices the "oppressive regime" has tried to silence.
Nobody Should Attempt The ‘Revolution Now’ Protest In Rivers State – Wike

Nobody Should Attempt The ‘Revolution Now’ Protest In Rivers State – Wike

Governor Wike said that Rivers State is not part of the RevolutionNow protest and whatever illegal agenda it seeks to pursue.
Nobody Should Attempt The ‘Revolution Now’ Protest In Rivers State – Wike

The Governor said: “Rivers State does not subscribe to what the RevolutionNow protest represents and Rivers State is not part of the protest”.

He directed security agencies in the state to arrest anybody involved in the RevolutionNow protest and also take all necessary steps to prosecute such persons.

Governor Wike urged parents to ensure that their children are not misled by agents of the march to participate in the illegal protest.

“All council chairmen are directed to be at alert. If they suspect any illegal gathering, they should report to the security agencies for immediate action “, Governor Wike said.

(ChannelsTv)
#RevolutionNow: 30 CSOs Stage Counter-protest Against Sowore’s Coalition

#RevolutionNow: 30 CSOs Stage Counter-protest Against Sowore’s Coalition

The Democracy Watch Africa, which describes itself as an umbrella body of over 30 civil society organisations in West Africa, have staged a counter-protest against the #RevolutionNow movement.

Members of the group took to the streets in Lagos on Monday, August 5, and headed to the seat of power in Alausa as they called for caution over the planned protest by the coalition led by Omoyele Sowore and others.
#RevolutionNow: 30 CSOs Stage Counter-protest Against Sowore’s Coalition

Josephine Okpara, one of the leaders of the group, read a speech in which she demanded for the expulsion of Amnesty International.

The protesters accused the organisers of the #RevolutionNow movement of acting against the interest of Nigeria and its citizens.

 They lamented that the #RevolutionNow protesters were acting “under the active support of some external forces that are bent on destabilising the country.

#RevolutionNow: 30 CSOs Stage Counter-protest Against Sowore’s Coalition
“The planned protest is a grave misdemeneur that must be viewed from the prism of treason against the Nigerian nation as there are from all indications no justification whatsoever to warrant such despicable act under whatever guise,” the group said.

 It was earlier reported how fierce-looking soldiers and armed policemen, on Monday, August 5, forcefully dispersed members of the #RevolutionNow movement who converged at the National Stadium in Surulere area of Lagos state.

The Cable reports that the protesters who arrived at the stadium around 7am for the kick-off of the protest met a detachment of policemen at the entrance of the stadium.

(Legit)

Monday, August 5, 2019

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Presidency: The Reason Why We Arrested Omoyele Sowore[Read]

Presidency: The Reason Why We Arrested Omoyele Sowore[Read]

Presidency: The Reason Why We Arrested Omoyele Sowore[Read]

The Presidency has confirmed that the 2019 Presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) Omoyele Sowore, was arrested by the operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS).

Recall we reported earlier that the DSS operatives stormed Sowore’s Lagos home in the early hours of Saturday August 3, in what many saw as an attempt to frustrate the scheduled August 5 protest.

Lauretta Onochie, President Muhammadu Buhari’s aide on Social Media matters while confirming the arrest said the DSS saved Omoyele Sowore from setting himself ablaze. Backing her claims with photos of a burning man, Lauretta tweeted;

This Is What DSS Saved Sowore from. (See image) With talks about setting himself ablaze, it's in order for the security operatives, whose role it is to safeguard both lives and properties, to take him into custody to prevent him from harming himself and get him the help he needs.

Presidency confirms DSS arrested Omoyele Sowore, gives reason behind arrest