2023: Peter Obi Is Part Of The Old System – Sowore

Omoyele Sowore appeared on Channels Television's Politics Today on September 2, 2022.
Omoyele Sowore appeared on Channels Television’s Politics Today on September 2, 2022.

 

Presidential candidate of the African Action Congress, Omoyele Sowore on Friday said former Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi, is not the change Nigeria needs.

Speaking on Channels Television’s Politics Today, Sowore said Mr Obi was part of the old system that has crippled the nation’s fortunes.

Mr Obi is also running for President in 2023 on the platform of the Labour Party.

“Peter Obi is part of the old system that I’ve always fought,” Sowore said. “I understand where he is coming from. It is 1999 repeated – Nigeria wants to change, some young people are genuinely interested in change, a different direction. And then they are presented with somebody who worked for the establishment; somebody who has been in PDP, APGA, come back to PDP, Labour Party.

 

“He’s not new to the rotten system. Somebody who was eight years as Governor of a state. We can be emotional about it but that’s the truth. He didn’t build any schools, he didn’t build any industry, he didn’t have a power station. He’s not my kind of progressive.”

Sowore, who first contested for President in 2019, said he is better prepared to emerge as the nation’s leader in 2023.

“I was the only candidate who participated in 2019 that did not stop campaigning or advocating,” he said. “I engaged, immediately after that election, in a number of revolutionary activities that took me to jail.”

Mr Sowore has been charged with treason by the Federal Government after he called for nation-wide protests as part of the #RevolutionNow movement.

Arrest Of Abuja Lawyer For Failing To Produce Omoyele Sowore Is Illegal – Femi Falana

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Human rights lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Femi Falana

 

Human rights lawyer and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Femi Falana, has faulted the Nigeria Police Force over the arrest of an Abuja based legal practitioner, Abubakar Marshall.

Marshall, a lawyer to activist Omoyele Sowore, was arrested on Friday by the FCT Police Command for failing to produce his client.

But in a statement issued on Sunday, Falana condemned the arrest, describing the act as illegal. He also dismissed claims by the police that Sowore jumped bail, saying that the activist had presented himself for any possible arraignment.

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“In a bid to justify the illegal arrest of Abubakar Marshall Esq. the Police claimed that the lawyer contravened an unspecified provision of the Criminal Code because he failed to produce a client, Mr. Omoyele Sowore at a police station in the Federal Capital Territory,” the statement partly read.

“It is public knowledge that the movement of Mr Sowore has been restricted to the Federal Capital Territory for the past two years on the orders of the Federal Capital Territory.  Since his abode is well known to the security agencies,  it is grossly misleading to claim that his surety has contravened any provision of the Penal Code.

“However, in spite of the indiscretion of Abubakar Marshall to stand surety for Mr. Sowore, his arrest, detention and prosecution by the Federal Capital Territory Police Command cannot be justified under the law

“It is trite law that a surety cannot be arrested, detained and charged with any criminal offence before any court in Nigeria on the ground that a suspect has jumped  bail or failed to report for investigation or arraignment.

“The penalty is that the surety is legally obligated to pay the sum stated in the recognisance or bail bond. Before the  bail bond can be forfeited the surety is entitled to show a cause or justify before a Court why it should not be forfeited.

“However, if the surety fails to pay the sum stipulated in the bond the court shall proceed to recover it from the surety like a fine under the Administration of Criminal Justice Act.

“In view of the several decisions of Nigerian courts on the contractual nature of suretyship, Abubakar Marshall has not committed any offence whatsoever.  The authorities of the Federal Capital Territory Police Command are advised to withdraw the criminal charge erroneously filed before the Upper Area Court in Kubwa. However, since Mr. Sowore is not on the run, he has decided to report himself to the Police for any possible arraignment.”

Police Confirm Killing Of Sowore’s Brother By Suspected Kidnappers

 

The Edo State Police Command has confirmed the murder of Olajide Sowore, brother of Sahara Reporters Publisher, Omoyele Sowore by suspeced kidnappers around 6:00 a.m. on Saturday.

The pharmacy student at the Igbinedion University Okada was killed along the Lagos-Benin expressway when gunmen kidnapped about five persons travelling on the route.

The Police spokesperson in the state, Kontongs Bello said his body has been deposited at the Igbinedion University Teaching Hospital (IUTH) mortuary while search and rescue operation is ongoing for those abducted.

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“This is to confirm to you that suspected kidnappers at about 0645hrs along Lagos-Benin expressway, by Isuwa, kidnapped five unidentified persons and in the process shot to death one Sowore Felix Olajide, male, a pharmacy student of Igbinedion University, Okada.

“His remains have been deposited at IUTH mortuary Okada, while effort is ongoing to rescue the five kidnap victims. Search and rescue operation is ongoing,” the police statement read in part.

Meanwhile, the former presidential candidate also confirmed the news earlier today on his social media page.

See Sowore’s post below…

PHOTOS: Sowore In Court With ‘Spiritual Adviser’

 

The trial of Omoyele Sowore and four others has commenced at the Chief Magistrate Court, Wuse Zone 2, Abuja.

All five of them are standing trial for criminal conspiracy, unlawful assembly, and inciting the public.

Sowore showed up in court on Tuesday alongside his spiritual adviser who was clad in a red and black striped attires as well as cowries.

 

Sowore had in a tweet called for a December 31 crossover protest, asking Nigerians to pick up a candle and a placard showing their grievances against the Muhammadu Buhari administration.

He and others later staged the protest, an action that led to their arrest by security operatives.

Alleged Unlawful Assembly: Court Fixes March 2 For Sowore’s Trial

A file photo of Omoyele Sowore and others at a courtroom in Abuja on January 4, 2021.

 

A Chief Magistrate Court in Abuja has fixed March 2 for the trial of Omoyele Sowore and four others standing trial for alleged criminal conspiracy, unlawful assembly and inciting public disturbance.

Chief Magistrate Mabel Segun-Bello fixed the date on Friday following an application for adjournment by the prosecutor, Edosa Samuel.

The prosecutor predicated his application on the ground that he has just taken over the case on the advice of the director of public prosecution and needed time to study the case file in order for him to put his house in order.

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Lawyer to the defendants, Marshal Abubakar however objected to the prosecutor’s application for adjournment, urging the court to strike out the suit or in the alternative, order accelerated hearing.

After listening to arguments for and against the adjournment, Chief Magistrate Segun-Bello ordered the prosecutor to serve the defendants with the proof of evidence within seven days as she fixed March 2 for the commencement of trial.

Court Grants Sowore N20million Bail

File photo of the Convener of #RevolutionNow, Omoyele Sowore, and others at the Magistrate Court in Abuja. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Tv

 

A Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Wuse Zone 2, Abuja has granted bail to the Convener of #RevolutionNow, Omoyele Sowore in the sum of N20million.

The second to fifth defendants were also admitted to bail in the sum of N1million and one surety in like sum.

Chief Magistrate Mabel Segun-Bello while ruling on the bail application on Monday admitted Sowore to bail in the sum of N20million and two sureties in like sum.

The court also ordered Sowore to remain in Abuja and must physically report to the court registrar every Monday and Friday pending the hearing and determination of the case against him.

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The court further ordered that one of his sureties must be a civil servant not below grade level 12.

Sowore and four others are standing trial for alleged unlawful assembly, criminal conspiracy, and inciting public disturbance.

The trial has been fixed for February 5, 2021.

Sowore and four others were arrested by the police on New Year’s Eve during a protest against bad governance.

Sowore had earlier before the protest charged Nigerians on Twitter to hold a crossover protest by picking up a candle and a placard showing their grievances against the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.

This is not the first time Sowore will be arrested. He was detained for over 100 days in 2019 for calling for a #RevolutionNowProtest.

Amnesty International Asks FG To Drop Charges Against Sowore, Others

A file photo of Mr Omoyele Sowore and others in court.

 

Global human rights organisation, Amnesty International has condemned the arrest of the convener of the #RevolutionNow movement, Omoyele Sowore, and four others.

In a series of tweets on Saturday, it called for the immediate release of the activists and demanded that the charges against them be dropped.

The group said Sowore and others were unlawfully arrested on Friday last week for peacefully exercising their rights to freedom of assembly and expression.

It accused the Nigerian government of using delay tactics to frustrate the bail applications of the activists who have spent eight days in detention.

According to Amnesty, the detention is arbitrary and has shown a continued pattern of repression by the authorities.

READ ALSO: Sowore’s Bail Application Suffers Setback As Police Fail To Produce Defendants



A Frustrated Bail?

Sowore had in a tweet called for a crossover protest, asking Nigerians to pick up a candle and a placard showing their grievances against the Muhammadu Buhari administration.

He and others later staged a protest, an action that led to their arrest by security operatives.

On Monday, the government arraigned Sowore and others at the Magistrate Court sitting in the Wuse area of Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

They were brought to the court on three charges bordering on criminal conspiracy, unlawful assembly, and an attempt to incite others.

While the defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges against them, the court ordered that they should be remand at the Kuje Correctional Centre pending when their formal bail application would be heard on Tuesday.

At the resumed sitting, Sowore complained to the court that they were denied food and medical attention at the correctional centre.

This prompted the court to order the defendants to be remanded at the Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (CIID) facility.

After listening to the application for bail moved by the defendants’ lawyer, Chief Magistrate Mabel Segun-Bello adjourned until January 8 for the ruling.

But Friday’s sitting suffered a setback after the police failed to produce Sowore and the other defendants in court.

Court Adjourns Ruling On Sowore, Others’ Bail Application

Omoyele Sowore and four others are being arraigned at the Magistrate Court Wuse Zone 2.

 

A Chief Magistrate Court in Abuja has fixed January 8, for ruling on the bail application filed on behalf of Mr Omoyele Sowore and four others.

Chief Magistrate Mabel Segun-Bello fixed the date on Tuesday after listening to the application for bail moved by the lawyer to the defendants, Marshal Abubakar and the opposition by the prosecutor.

The court also ordered the defendants to be remanded at the Force CIID facility in Area 10, following complaints by Mr Sowore that they were denied food and medical attention at the Kuje Correctional Centre.

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Chief Magistrate Segun-Bello further ordered the Police to provide the third defendant, Damilare Adenola who is a law student of the University of Abuja, with internet facilities and writing materials to enable him join his classmates who resumed online classes on January 5.

Sowore and the four others were arraigned on January 4, on three counts of criminal conspiracy, unlawful assembly, and inciting public disturbance but they all pleaded not guilty to the charges.

They were arrested by the police on New Year’s Eve during a candlelight procession organised by Sowore against bad governance.

Sowore’s Bail Application Suffers Temporary Setback

Omoyele Sowore with four others at the Chief Magistrate Court in Wuse Zone 2, Abuja.

 

The hearing of the bail application filed on behalf of Omoyele Sowore has suffered a temporary setback.

The bail application suffered a setback on Tuesday after the prosecutor, Adama Musa, opposed the hearing of the application on the ground that Sowore was served with the application by 10.43 a.m. today in court contrary to the order of the court for the service to be effected on him before 4.00 p.m. yesterday.

The Prosecutor informed the court that he needs time to go through the application to enable him to respond appropriately.

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Chief Magistrate Mabel Segun-Bello after listening to the argument of the prosecution stepped down the case for two hours to enable the Prosecutor to go through the application.

Sowore and four others were arraigned on January 4, on a three-count of criminal conspiracy, unlawful assembly, and inciting public disturbance and they all pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Sowore Arrives At Court In Handcuffs

Handcuffed Omoyele Sowore at the Chief Magistrate Court in Wuse Zone 2, Abuja, on Tuesday, January 5, 2020.

 

Omoyele Sowore has arrived at the Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Wuse Zone 2, Abuja wearing handcuffs.

The court presided over by Chief Magistrate Mabel Segun-Bello is expected to hear the bail application filed on Sowore’s behalf.

Sowore on Monday, January 4, was arraigned alongside four others by the Federal Government on three charges of criminal conspiracy, unlawful assembly, and attempting to incite others.

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Although they all pleaded not guilty to the charges, the prosecution alleged that the defendants were arrested on New Year’s eve with placards calling for a violent revolution against President Muhammadu Buhari.

The court then ordered that they be remanded at Kuje Correctional Centre until the formal application for their bail today.

SERAP Seeks UN Intervention Over Detention Of Sowore, Others

A file photo of Omoyele Sowore and others at a courtroom in Abuja on January 4, 2021.

 

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sought the intervention of the United Nations over the detention of the convener of #RevolutionNow movement, Omoyele Sowore, and four others.

In a statement on Tuesday by its deputy director, Kolawole Oluwadare, the group said it has sent an urgent complaint to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention over the “arbitrary detention, torture and other ill-treatment” Sowore and the other whom it said were activists for peacefully exercising their human rights.

This comes a day after a Magistrate Court in Abuja ordered the remand of the five persons at the Kuje Correctional Centre in the nation’s capital pending when their formal bail application would be heard on Tuesday.

They were arraigned by the Federal Government on three charges of criminal conspiracy, unlawful assembly, and an attempt to incite others.

READ ALSO: Court Orders Remand Of Sowore, Four Others In Kuje Prison

In its reaction, SERAP said, “The Working Group should request the Nigerian authorities to withdraw the bogus charges against Mr Sowore and four other activists, and to immediately and unconditionally release them.”

In the complaint dated January 4, it stressed that the detention of the five persons constituted an arbitrary deprivation of their liberty, saying it does not have any legal justification.

The human rights group urged the UN Working Group to initiate a procedure involving the investigation of the charges against Sowore and the activists and to urgently send an allegation letter to the Nigerian government inquiring about the case generally.

It also urged the international body to issue an opinion declaring that the deprivation of liberty and detention of Sowore and the others was arbitrary and in violation of Nigeria’s Constitution and obligations under international human rights law.

Before their arraignment, Sowore had in a tweet called for a crossover protest, asking Nigerians to pick up a candle and a placard showing their grievances against the Muhammadu Buhari administration.

The complaint addressed to the Chairman/Rapporteur of the Working Group, Mr Jose Guevara Bermudez, read in part:

The Human Rights Committee has interpreted this right to mean that procedures for carrying out legally authorized deprivation of liberty should also be established by law and State parties should ensure compliance with their legally prescribed procedures.

Pursuant to the mandate of the Working Group, the “Manual of Operations of the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council” and the publication “Working with the UN Human Rights Programme, a Handbook for Civil Society”, SERAP, a non-governmental human rights organization, can provide information on a specific human rights case or situation in a particular country, or on a country’s laws and practices with human rights implications.

SERAP, therefore, argues that the case adequately satisfies the requirements by which to submit an individual complaint to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.

SERAP is therefore seeking an opinion from the Working Group finding the continuing detention of Mr Sowore and four other activists to be arbitrary and in violation of Nigeria’s Constitution and obligations under international law.

Accordingly, it is hereby requested that the Working Group consider this Individual Complaint a formal request for an opinion of the Working Group pursuant to Resolution 1997/50 of the Commission on Human Rights, as reiterated by Resolutions 2000/36, 2003/31, and Human Rights Council Resolutions 6/4, 15/18, 20/16, and 24/7.

SERAP respectfully requests the Working Group to initiate the procedure involving the investigation of individual cases toward reaching an opinion declaring the detention of Mr Sowore and four other activists to be arbitrary and in violation of international human rights law.

To this end, SERAP will pursue the regular communications procedure before the Working Group in order to have the ability to provide comments on any response by the Nigerian government.

On midnight of 1st January 2021, Mr Sowore and four other activists were arrested by the officers of Nigeria Police Force, particularly men dispatched from Apo Division, Abuja, at the #CrossoverWithProtest, a planned procession across the country on New Year Eve.

They were reportedly subjected to severe torture and other ill-treatment, and Sowore was left with bruises on his nose and all over his body in an apparently the use of excessive force by the police officers.

Sowore and four other activists were arraigned at the Magistrate Court in Wuse Zone 2 on Monday, 4th January 2021 on three charges of criminal conspiracy, unlawful assembly, and attempting to incite others.

Sowore denied all the charges, but the Magistrate ordered that he, alongside other activists, be remanded in Kuje Prison. He was denied access to his friends and family for days.

The authorities have also refused to provide him with medical attention despite overt marks of torture and other ill-treatment he reportedly suffered.

UPDATED: Court Orders Remand Of Sowore, Four Others In Kuje Prison

Sowore at the premises of Magistrate Court in Wuse Zone 2, Abuja, on Monday, January 4, 2020. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV.

 

A Magistrate court sitting in Wuse Zone 2, Abuja has ordered the remand of Omoyele Sowore and four others at Kuje Correctional Centre.

This is pending when their formal bail application will be heard Tuesday, January 5, 2020.

The Magistrate, Mabel Segun-Bello while ruling on the oral bail application said all the charges are bailable, except if the defendants are deemed likely to evade trial or commit the same offence.

She asked that the formal bail application should be brought before here at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday and ordered that the defendants be allowed access to medical attention and to a lawyer of their choice.

Sowore is being arraigned alongside four others by the Federal Government on three charges of criminal conspiracy, unlawful assembly, and attempting to incite others.

Although they all pleaded not guilty to the charges, the prosecution alleged that the defendants were arrested on New Year’s eve with placards calling for a violent revolution against President Muhammadu Buhari.

Sowore was arrested by the police for leading a protest against bad governance on New Year’s Eve in Abuja.

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Sowore had earlier before the protest charged Nigerians on Twitter to hold a crossover protest by picking up a candle and a placard showing their grievances against the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.

“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,” Sowore tweeted on Sunday, December 31, 2020.

 

The protest was eventually joined by others in states including Ondo and Kaduna.

This is not the first time Sowore will be arrested. He was detained for over 100 days in 2019 for calling for a #RevolutionNowProtest.