– Human rights activist, Omoyele Sowore has been remanded in Kuje prison, Abuja
– The court also directed the remand of four other protesters over protest
– The activists, however, pleaded guilty to the three count charges preferred against them
Omoyele Sowore, the publisher of SaharaReporters and four others have been remanded in Kuje correctional centre, Abuja, the nation’s capital.
Channels TV reports that the magistrate court in Abuja ordered the remand of Omoyele Sowore and four others on Monday, January 4.
Legit.ng gathered that their formal bail application would be heard on Tuesday, January 5.
Sowore was arrested by the police for leading a protest against bad governance on New Year’s Eve in Abuja.
He is being arraigned alongside four others by the federal government on three charges of criminal conspiracy, unlawful assembly, and attempting to incite others.
The report said that 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.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Shehu Sani, a former senator who represented Kaduna Central in the 8th Senate, criticised the arrest of a former presidential candidate, Omoyele Sowore.
It was reported that Sowore was reportedly arrested by the Nigerian police in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.
The presidential candidate in the 2019 election was nabbed along with other activists for leading a procession tagged crossover protest in the early hours of Friday, January 1, 2021, in Abuja.
In a message shared on his Twitter page on Saturday, January 3, Sani said when peaceful protesters are treated in an uncivilized manner, it does not help the image of the nation and its constitutional democracy.
In another report, Sowore was reportedly arrested along with other activists for leading a procession tagged crossover protest in the early hours of Friday, January 1, 2021, in Abuja.
The journalist was taken away in one of the seven vans of the police mobilised to the protest ground at Gudu junction.
A source reportedly said Sowore and other activists were taken to Abattoir police station in Abuja, where they are being detained.
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