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

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.

Kindly Watch The Video Here....

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.

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.

More info latter....
#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.


Sowore: I Was Maltreated In DSS Detention

Sowore: I Was Maltreated In DSS Detention

Sowore: I Was Maltreated In DSS Detention

The co-convener of #RevolutionNow protest, Omoyele Sowore, who has been in the detention of the Department of State Services since August 3, 2019, has accused the DSS of maltreating him.

I was abducted in the middle of the night. I was taken to one of your facilities in Lagos. I was beaten up, rough-handled on my way to the facility in the car. And my cousin, who was in the room with me, was also beaten and handcuffed, and my properties were forcefully seized. And when I got there, of course, the maltreatment continued, they threw me on a cold floor and locked the door.

“I had no contact with even the guards for two nights; I was in that facility before I was flown here by your agents. So, I was seriously maltreated,” Sowore reportedly said during an interrogation session by DSS operatives.

The National Legal Adviser of African Action Congress, the political party on whose platform Sowore contested the presidential race in this year’s general elections, Inibehe Effiong shared the “Transcript from DSS Interrogation of Sowore Upon Abduction – Excerpt 1,” on his Facebook page on Monday.

According to the transcript, Sowore was interrogated by five DSS operatives in the presence of his lawyer, one “Barrister Sam.”

One Usman Usman, a DSS operative, who led the interrogation, was said to have told Sowore that, “We’ll be asking you questions and our advice is for you to be truthful to the best of your knowledge. We’ll not force you to say anything. Whatever question we ask and you have a problem with or you don’t have an answer to or you don’t want to answer, there is no compulsion, you simply tell us you’re not going to answer these questions.”

When asked by Usman to say “If in the course of your being here anybody has molested you in any way or maltreated you?” Sowore said, “Yes,” and went on to give the response above.

On whether he was denied food, the detainee said, “While in your facility in Lagos, yes, but I decided that because of their hostility I won’t take any food until I am allowed to talk to a lawyer. I continued to refuse food; until I was allowed to speak with a lawyer, and I have seen my lawyer, but I am still being denied access to my immediate family.”

Asked if he had made calls to his family members, Sowore replied his interrogator, “I’ve not made any calls to them. My brother is outside; he wasn’t allowed to see me as we speak.

“No, I’ve not made any call to my family members, I only made calls to people I remember their numbers to bring me food and asked them to call my brother. My brother came in today. But he was denied access to me, so I haven’t been able to see him and as a result, speak with my mum, wife and kids.”(sic)


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.”

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.

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 [[email protected]]
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.