RevolutionNow protesters charged to court for unlawful assembly

The Nigerian police have on Tuesday charged some protesters arrested for engaging in #RevolutionNow protest to court at the Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court of Lagos area, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) is reporting.

The protesters who are six number were charged for what the police say is an unlawful assembly.

Those charged to court are, Ehis Omoshomio, 35; Gabriel Ojumah, 51, Juwon Sanyaolu, 22; Stanley Anobi, 28; Elias Ozikpu, 30; Kenechukwu Ukachukwu, 25, with two counts of unlawful assembly and conduct likely to cause a breach of the peace.

The police alleged that the defendants committed the offence on August 5, at 10 a.m., at Surulere Stadium where they were engaged in an unlawful assembly.

The defendants were granted bail at the price of N100, 000 each while the case was adjourned the case until Sept.

Mr. Wole Soyinka has said that Mr. Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria president administration has returned Nigeria to Abacha days.

While condemning Mr. Sowore, arrest, over his planned #revolutionNow protest, Soyinka said the last time Nigeria experienced the action of security personnel in the manner they are treating Sowore was during Mr. Sani Abacha, former Nigeria military dictator era. 

“We underwent identical cynical contrivances under the late, unlamented Sani Abacha, when he sent storm-troopers to disrupt a planning session for a similar across-nation march at Tai Solarin School, Ikenne,” Mr. Soyinka wrote in a statement sent to the media.

Sowore, a Presidential Candidate in the just concluded Presidential election, was arrested by the Department of Security Services (DSS) on Saturday at his Ikeja Lagos residence at about 1:15 am.

Sowore is the convener of #RevolutionNow protest scheduled to commence on August 5th.

The Sahara Reporters publisher announced his arrest via his twitter handle @yelesowore. 

A witness said, the DSS forcefully took his phone from him.

A senior staff of Amnesty International had on Friday, told WEST AFRICA REPORTERS (WAR), that Amnesty Abuja office was picketed on Friday for making a tweet asking Nigeria government to allow room for protest and demonstration in a democracy.

Part of the statement reads nothing that he said to me in private engagement ever remotely approached intent to destabilize governance or bypass the normal democratic means of changing a government. I, therefore, find the reasons given by the Inspector-General, for the arrest and detention of this young ex-presidential candidate contrived and untenable, unsupported by any shred of evidence. His arrest is a travesty and violation of the fundamental rights of citizens to congregate and make public their concerns.

Many Nigerians have condemned the arrest and detention of Sowore by the Nigerian Police while some civil society organisations have called for his immediate release.

Worse still, the police have accused Sowore of treasonable felony and engaging in the act of terrorism hence justifying his arrest and detention.

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