Omoyele Sowore, the convener of #RevolutionNow protests, has dismissed claims by the Department of State Services (DSS) that he met with “foreign collaborators” in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, or other countries to plot a coup against President Muhammadu Buhari’s government.
Sowore also said the DSS lied in its claim that he received “millions of dollars” from the alleged collaborators at the meetings to sponsor widespread attacks on Nigeria with a view toppling the Nigerian government.
Sowore, the publisher of Sahara Reporters and a presidential candidate in the last poll, said contrary to the DSS’s claims, he had never visited Dubai or any of the UAE cities, or planned to overthrow the government in any way.
According to him, his motive was to mobilise Nigerians “to address the crises of corruption, maladministration, mismanagement of the economy and insecurity”.
Sowore, who has been in the DSS custody since August 2, 2019, made the rebuttals in a “further affidavit” filed on Tuesday before the Federal High Court in Abuja in support of his motion challenging the order for his detention which the court issued at the instance of the DSS on August 8, 2019.
The ‘further affidavit’ was deposed to on his behalf by one of his lawyers, Mr Marshall Abubakar.
Abubakar of Femi Falana’s law firm said Sowore never planned a coup, but “mobilised the Nigerian people including students and youths, workers, market women and other oppressed people to influence the Federal government, the 36 state governments and 774 local governments to address the crises of corruption, and insecurity.”