Sowore, Co-Defendant Appear In Court, Remanded In DSS Custody


LAGOS SEPTEMBER 30TH (NEWSRANGERS)-The convener of #RevolutionNow protest, Mr Omoyele Sowore, and his co-defendant, Mr Olawale Bakare have been remanded in the custody of the DSS.
The duo will be remanded in DSS custody pending the hearing of their bail application.

They are being arraigned by the Federal Government on seven charges bordering on an alleged conspiracy to commit treason, money laundering, and insulting the President, among others.
Mr Sowere and his co-defendant were brought to the court on Monday by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS).
Counsel to Sowore and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Femi Falana, is absent in court but Mr Olumide A. is representing Mr Falani while Mr Hassan Liman is the prosecutor on behalf of the Federal Government.
The trial judge, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu in her ruling on Monday read out the charges to Mr Sowore who is the defendant.
She said the first charge is ‘conspiracy to commit a treasonable felony’.
“That you, Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare, under the name #RevolutionNow, did conspire amongst yourself to carry out revolution protests aimed at removing the President.”
Both defendants say they understand the charge as far as the English language goes. They pleaded not guilty.
“That you, Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare, under the name #RevolutionNow, did conspire amongst yourself to carry out revolution protests aimed at removing the President.”
Charges are being read to the defendants. The first charge is ‘conspiracy to commit a treasonable felony’.
The second charge is on treasonable felony. ‘That you, Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare, and others at large under the coalition for revolution staged a revolution campaign on 5th day of August aimed at removing the President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces during his tenure in office.
Sowore said he was arrested on August 5th and so does not understand the charge. His co-defendant, Bakare, also says he does not understand the charge.
Both defendants say they are pleading not guilty based on the advice of their lawyer.
Cyberstalking is the third charge. “That you, Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare, and others at large did commit offence by sending a message by means of press interview to Arise TV which you knew will cause insult and hatred towards the President.”
The next count is the transfer of funds. “That you Omoyele Sowore on April 2019 at Lagos and Abuja commit an offence by transferring the sum of $19,975 from your UBA account credited by City Bank, USA into a Sahara Bank Account with the aim of concealing the origin of the funds.”
He, however, said since his counsel has advised him to enter a plea, it is a not guilty plea.
Sowore said he is confused that he has no UBA account and does not understand how one can transfer money from City Bank through UBA to another bank.
Sowore was also accused of transferring $20,475 dollars from his UBA account credited by Sahara Reporters Media Group in New York with the aim of concealing the illicit origin of the funds. He also entered the same “not guilty” plea.
The sixth count is the transfer of funds contrary to the Money Laundering Act”.
It read, “That you Omoyele Sowore on the 27th of June did commit an offence by transferring the sum of $16,967 credited by Sahara Media Group USA with the aim of concealing the illicit origin of the funds”.
Count 7 is the transfer of funds. “That you Omoyele Sowore on 16th July at Lagos and Abuja committed an offence by transferring the sum of $16,975 from your account in USA with the aim of concealing the illicit origin of the funds. He pleaded not guilty”.
However, Justice Ojokwu has fixed Thursday for hearing of their application.

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