Falana Raise Alarm | “FG Planning to charge Sowore with Terrorism”

Femi Falana, a human rights lawyer and SANs, says the federal government is planning to charge Omoyele Sowore, convener of the RevolutionNow movement, with terrorism.

The Nigerian secret police had released Sowore momentarily after 124 days in detention after an ultimatum by a federal high court in Abuja.

But less than 24 hours after he was freed, the agency rearrested him and this sparked outrage within and outside the country.

Many had accused the government of President Muhammadu Buhari of sliding into a dictatorship “through the attempt to silence critics”. But reacting to the allegations, Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, said the DSS was not necessarily acting on the orders of the presidency.

He said Sowore was rearrested because he is a person of interest to the DSS.

‘The DSS does not necessarily need the permission of the Presidency in all cases to carry out its essential responsibilities that are laid down in the Nigerian Constitution – which was the foundation for the restoration of democracy in our country in 1999’. –Presidency

Comparing Sowore’s activism to the insurgency in the north-east, Shehu said: “The Boko Haram militants, who are behind the violence, also fancy themselves to be fighting for some sort of revolution.”

But in a statement on Monday, Falana, counsel to Sowore, said after failing in many charges, including treasonable felony and cyberstalking, the federal government has now “concluded plans to charge Sowore with terrorism”.

He said comparing Sowore to Boko Haram insurgents is the government’s “justification for the planned arraignment of Sowore for terrorism”, adding that their belief is that if he is charged with terrorism, he will not be granted bail”. “In comparing Sowore with the Boko Haram sect the presidency said, ‘Nigeria is already dealing with an insurgency that has left millions of people displaced and desperate in the north-east region of the country.

The Boko Haram militants, who are behind the violence, also fancy themselves to be fighting for some sort of revolution.’ The link is a justification for the planned arraignment of Sowore for terrorism,” Falana said.

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