Sowore appears in court as he is charged with treasonable felony
The publisher of the Sahara Reporters Omoyele Sowore appeared in Court this morning, alongside a University student Olawale Bakare Alias Mandate.
They are both facing seven-count charge from cyberstalking President Buhari to money laundering.
The defence counsel said the defendants are hearing about the charges for the first time and are not in any position to take a plea today.
Femi Falana had on the 6th of August sent a strong warning to President Buhari that if the Department of state service arraigns publisher of Sahara reporter to court, Buhari will be the first witness to be called upon.
Revealing this in a statement at an event organised by the Chartered Institute Of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN).
He said the Nigerian President made the same “revolution” call in 2011.
I do hope that the government will not be stupid to charge Sowore. In fairness to them (DSS), they gave him a telephone to phone me.
Of course I knew they were monitoring the phone, and I told him I hope they won’t charge you, because if they do, some of the people in government will be our witnesses,” he said.
“You know why? One of them, I won’t mention his name.
In 2011, he asked Nigerians to learn from the Egyptian revolution and be ready for a revolution in Nigeria.
So, he will be my first witness.
“The late Chief Gani Fawehinmi and four other people were charged with treasonable felony by the Ibrahim Babangida junta.
I was one of them. We were detained in Kuje prison for two months.
We were taken to the court, and what was the offence? I think we went beyond Sowore.
We posted thousands of posters across the country, that Babangida must go. That was the treasonable felony” he said.