FG Charges Omoyele Sowore With Treason For Insulting Buhari
The Federal Government on Friday filed seven counts of treasonable felony and money laundering against the Convener of #RevolutionNow protest, Mr Omoyele Sowore.
In the suit dated September 19 and filed at the federal high court in Abuja, the government accused Sowore of granting an interview which purpose caused insult on the person of the president of the country.
According to Punch, the charges, which 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 were filed a day before the expiration of the detention order that permitted the Department of State Service to keep Sowore for 45 days.
Sowore, publisher of Sahara Reporters and a presidential candidate in the February 2019 presidential election, is charged along with Olawale Bakare, also known as Mandate.
The DSS had earlier accused him of threatening public peace with his planned #RevolutionNow protest.
Sowore and Bakare are accused of committing “conspiracy” to commit treasonable by “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 government also accused Sowore of money laundering and cyberstalking.
In the charges, the government accused Sowore and Olawale 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”.
Sowore was also accused of committing treasonable felony in breach of section, 4(1) of the Criminal Code Act, by using the platform of Coalition for Revolution, in August 2019 to stage the #RevolutionNow protest allegedly aimed at removing the President.
Moreover, the Federal Government accused the publisher of cybercrime offences by “knowingly” sending “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.”
The charges against Sowore also include money laundering offences in breach of section 15(1) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011.