Court orders Sowore’s remand in prison custody

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The Publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore has been ordered remanded at the Kuje Correctional Centre alongside four others by a Magistrate’s Court sitting in Wuse Zone 2, Abuja.

The court gave the remand order on Monday pending the hearing of the formal bail applications of the defendants on Tuesday, January 5.

However, the Magistrate, Taye Maibel, said that all the charges on which the defendants were arraigned were bailable.

She directed counsel to the defendants to bring the bail applications before her court by 11:00 am on Tuesday.

Arrested on New Year’s eve in Abuba while protesting against bad governance, Sowore and the four other defendants were arraigned on three charges of criminal conspiracy, unlawful assembly, and attempting to incite others.

The prosecution argued that they were calling for forceful overthrown of the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.

They denied the charges.

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Before the protest, Sowore had taken to Twitter to write: “How about a crossover protest/uprising tonight? Anyone willing to participate? Pick up a candle and a placard showing your grievances against the regime; let’s upload our short videos and photos across our social media platforms. Let’s welcome the regime to a resolute 2021!

“#CrossoverWithProtest against tyrant @mbuhari’s regime, candlelight for #LekkiMassacre; a placard for #EndBadGovernment; procession to usher in #Revolutionary 2021, a fist for victims of repression-frozen bank accounts, malicious prosecution and detention of #Endsars activists.

“#Crossoverwithprotest starts at 11.30 till 12.30 am across Nigeria, a candle, a placard and fireworks to usher in a RESOLUTE 2021 in Nigeria! Join with your friends and neighbours ‪#EndSARS. ‪#ObigboMassacre ‪#LekkiMassacre ‪#EndBadGoveranceInNigeria ‪#BuhariTrainwreck ‪#RevolutionNow,”

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