JUST IN: Police arraign Sowore, four others over New Year’s Eve protest

The Commissioner of Police, FCT Command, has arraigned the convener of RevolutionNow protest, Omoyele Sowore and four others before a magistrate court.

The defendants were on 1st January 2021 arrested by the Special weapons tactical team in Abuja while protesting to mark the New Year celebration.

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They were arraigned on a 3 count charge of Criminal conspiracy, unlawful assembly and public disturbance.

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They all pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The Prosecution, however, alleged that the defendants were arrested on New Year eve with placards calling for a violent revolution against President Muhammadu Buhari.

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Sowore had earlier before the protest charged Nigerians on Twitter to hold a crossover protest by picking up a candle and a placard showing their grievances against the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.

Meanwhile, a group on Sunday condemned the arrest and detention of the former presidential candidate. The group describes it as a complete violation of his fundamental human rights and called for his immediate release.

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This is not the first time Sowore will be arrested. He was detained for over 100 days in 2019 for calling for a #RevolutionNowProtest.

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