Sowore Refuses To Take Plea To FG’s 7-count Charge
Convener of #RevolutionNow, Omoyele Sowore, during his arraignment at the Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday (30/9/19). (image courtesy: Johnson Udeani/BJO/NAN)

Convener of the #RevolutionNow Protest, Omoyele Sowore, on Monday pleaded not guilty to the seven-count charge the Federal Government preferred against him.

Sowore, who has been in detention since August 3, was arraigned before the Federal High Court in Abuja by the Department of State Service, (DSS).

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The activist was arraigned with Olawale Bakare, pleaded not guilty to the seven counts of treasonable felony and other sundry offences instituted against them by the Federal Government.

They were arraigned before Justice Ijeoma Ojuwku of the Federal High Court in Abuja.

Justice Ojukwu had earlier dismissed the objection of the defendants’ lawyer, Adeyinka Olumide-Fusika (SAN), to the scheduled arraignment.

Olumide-Fusika stated that the arraignment should not be allowed to go on on the grounds that the DSS, which has been keeping him in custody since August 3, 2019, had not allowed the defendants to consult with their lawyer after the charges were filed.

The lawyer had appealed to the court to protect its integrity by refusing to allow the arraignment to proceed when the prosecution continued to disobey the court order made on September 24, 2019 for the release.

The prosecution led by Hassan Liman (SAN) asked the court to dismiss the objection, saying that what was more important was that the defendants had been served with the charges.