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Just In: DSS Charge Sowore For Treasonable Felony



The department of State Service (DSS) has charged  pro-democracy activist, Omoyele Sowore, to court for treasonable felony, cyberstalking President Muhammadu Buhari among other offences.

Mr Sowore was accused of involvement in acts of treason and alleged attempt to fraudulently transfer over $16, 000.

He was accused by Nigerian government of trying to cause chaos and overthrow the government of President Muhammadu Buhari. The charges 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 , the Federal Ministry of Justice .

In the charges instituted against the defendants , the prosecution accused Sowore and his co -defendant 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 ”.

The prosecution also accused them of committing the actual offence of reasonable felony in breach of section , 4 ( 1) ( c ) of the Criminal Code Act , by using the platform of Coalition for Revolution , in August 2019 in Abuja , Lagos and other parts of Nigeria , to stage the # RevolutionNow protest allegedly aimed at removing the President .

It also accused Sowore of cybercrime offences in violation of section 24 ( 1)( b ) of the Cybercrimes ( Prohibition , Prevention) Act , 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 . ”
It also accused Sowore of money laundering offences in breach of section 15 ( 1) of the Money Laundering ( Prohibition) Act , 2011 .

  • Sowore was arrested on August 3, 2019 in Lagos for planning a series of protests against bad governance in Nigeria tagged.
    Another activist, Olawale Mandate, arrested in Osun, has also been charged by the DSS.
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