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Governor Ayade Says Detained Journalist, Jalingo Tried To Overthrow Buhari
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Governor Ayade Says Detained Journalist, Jalingo Tried To Overthrow Buhari

Cross River governor, Ben Ayade, has finally spoken about the continuous detention of Agba Jalingo, a Nigerian journalist who is standing treason trial for criticising the governor. Mr Jalingo, the publisher of CrossRiverWatch, was arrested on August 22 over a report alleging that Mr Ayade diverted N500 million belonging to the state. “In court, it is Federal Government versus Agba Jalingo, not Cross River State,” Mr Ayade told reporters on Monday at the presidential villa, Abuja, where he went to meet President Muhammadu Buhari. “He’s in court for treason, a state does not have power to try anyone for treason, it’s not me.” Mr Ayade said the journalist’s arrest and trial is in connection with Omoyele Sowore’s #RevolutionNow protest. “On his Facebook page, he sent pictures w...
Court Gives DSS 24 Hours To Release Sowore Or Face Its Wrath
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Court Gives DSS 24 Hours To Release Sowore Or Face Its Wrath

The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Thursday, ordered the Department of State Services (DSS) to release Omoyele Sowore, Convener, #RevolutionNow Protest, within 24 hours.   Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu, who gave the order, also awarded an N100, 000 fine against the DSS over its delay to serve the defence counsel with the additional proof of evidence in the ongoing trial of Sowore and Olawale Bakare.   The judge, who was visibly angry over the development which has caused the court to adjourned the trial at the instance of the DSS, said the fine must be paid to the defendants before the next adjourned date.   Ojukwu, therefore, adjourned until Dec. 6 for trial continuation.   Details later...
DSS must stop display of naked power and release Sowore now –  Wole Soyinka
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DSS must stop display of naked power and release Sowore now – Wole Soyinka

Professor Wole Soyinka has warned the Department of State Services, DSS, to stop the charade and display of ''crude and naked power'' by releasing the Convener, #RevolutionNow protest, Omoyele Sowore still being kept in their custody despite meeting his stringent bail conditions. Operatives of the DSS had on Tuesday fired gun shots and used pepper spray to disperse protesters who were gathered around the service headquarters to demand for the release of Sowore. According to a report by PM News, Soyinka, in a statement he personally issued late Tuesday night also said it should become abundantly clear by now that Civil Society Organisations, committed to the entrenchment of the Rule of Law and the defence of fundamental human rights must come together. Read the statement below “...
Amnesty International Reacts As Buhari Govt Slams Treason Charges On Sowore
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Amnesty International Reacts As Buhari Govt Slams Treason Charges On Sowore

Amnesty international has reacted to the seven-count charge of treasonable felony and money laundering against detained activist and Convener of #RevolutionNow protest, Omoyele Sowore by the Federal Government. Sowore, a presidential candidate in the February 2019 presidential election was charged along with Olawale Bakare, also known as Mandate. The charges were signed on behalf of t‎he Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), by Aminu Alilu, a Chief State Counsel in the Department of Public Prosecutions of the Federation‎, the Federal Ministry of Justice. In the charges instituted against the defendants, the prosecution accused Sowore and his co-defendant of committing conspiracy to commit treasonable felony in breach of section 516 ...
“Sowore’s Travails Are Self Inflicted, He Created The Tragic Villain” – Reno Omokri
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“Sowore’s Travails Are Self Inflicted, He Created The Tragic Villain” – Reno Omokri

Reno Omokri, former aide to ex-president Goodluck Jonathan have reacted to the fresh seven-count charge slammed against detained political activist and convener of the RevolutionNow Protest, Omoyele Sowore, accusing him of treason, money laundering and cyberstalking President Buhari. Igbere TV had reported that the Department of State Service (DSS) are charging the activist over alleged treasonable felony. He is also being charged for ‘insulting the president ’, ‘cyberstalking’ Buhari, ‘conspiracy to commit treason’, among others. Reacting to the new development, Reno Omokri said termed Sowore's travails as self inflicted as he was the one who create Buhari who he (Reno) tagged Frankenstein Monster. Frankenstein's Monster is a tragic villain in the novel Frankenstein by the...
Adekunle Gold Reacts To The New Charges Against Omoyele Sowore
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Adekunle Gold Reacts To The New Charges Against Omoyele Sowore

Nigerians woke up to the news that the Federal Government has slammed a fresh seven-count charge against detained political activist and convener of the RevolutionNow Protest, Omoyele Sowore, accusing him of treason, money laundering and cyberstalking President Buhari, Igbere TV reports. Reacting to the new development, singer, Adekunle Gold Tweeted, 'I really don't want to believe those fictional charges against Sowore. Treasonable what? A fucking Joke'.
2023 Not For Igbo – Primate Ayodele
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2023 Not For Igbo – Primate Ayodele

Founder of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church in Ejigbo, Lagos, Primate Elijah Ayodele, has said that the 2023 presidency is not for the Igbo. In a recent chat with newsmen , the cleric said that the Igbo would not stop playing second fiddle to the North Central and the South West. “Between themselves, it’s not for the Igbo. I’ll let you know the tribe that will come back. But the north will not relinquish power. They will still battle for it. And that is why I said democracy will beak Nigeria,” he said. When asked again to emphasise his stance on Igbo 2023 presidency, Ayodele said: “The Igbo are wasting their time. They’ll canvass for them but they won’t get it. The North Central and South West will be a problem for Igbo.” The preacher warned the national leader of the All ...
#RevolutionNow: Nnamdi Kanu Hails Sowore
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#RevolutionNow: Nnamdi Kanu Hails Sowore

The Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has described the call for a revolution in Nigeria by activist, Omoyele Sowore is the highest form of bravery. Kanu went on to say that the arrest of Sowore by the DSS and consequent actions carried out by security agencies to stop the RevolutionNow protest on Monday is an affront to decency, justice and fair play, adding that he did nothing wrong. The IPOB leader who was reacting to the whole issue surrounding the RevolutionNow protest berated the President Mohammadu Buhari administration for describing the protest as Illegal stressing that he (Buhari) and his supporters did make similar call in 2014 for revolution and nobody got them arrested. It will be recalled that 5 years ago, the APC led by its then ...
Iretiola Doyle weighs in on the #RevolutionNow protest
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Iretiola Doyle weighs in on the #RevolutionNow protest

Iretiola Doyle has condemned the Nigerian government for deploying armed policemen to discourage unarmed protesters from carrying out a peaceful protest, yet doing nothing to armed bandits who wreak havoc in the country. Armed policemen and soldiers clashed with unarmed citizens yesterday, August 5, as they set out to begin the planned #RevolutionNow protest. During the clash between uniformed men and citizens, Nigerians were teargassed and one photo purportedly showed a man shot in the leg. Some protesters were also arrested and taken away in a Black Maria. Also, prior to the protest, Omoyele Sowore - the organiser of the Revolution Now protest and former presidential aspirant - was arrested by the DSS and is still in custody. These, combined, created tension in the country ...
#RevolutionNow: Ibrahim Dan Arrested By DSS For Supporting Sowore On Facebook
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#RevolutionNow: Ibrahim Dan Arrested By DSS For Supporting Sowore On Facebook

A former Editor at Daily Trust Newspaper, Mr. Ibrahim Dan Halilu, has been arrested by operatives of the Department of State Services, DSS. Igbere learned that Halilu, ex politics editor for the news outfit, was picked in Kaduna State on Monday over a Facebook post supporting the activities of the #RevolutionNow movement. The journalist is not the first to be arrested by the secret police over the movement. Convener of the group and publisher, SaharaReporters, Omoleye Sowore, was picked by the DSS on Saturday at his Lagos residence, Similarly, two journalists with the news outfit (Victor Ogungbenro and Tosin Olajuwon) were picked at different locations in Lagos and Ondo States during today's #RevolutionNow protest, with the Lagos office of SaharaReporters under heavy surveilla...
Revolution Now Protest Fails To Hold In Rivers State
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Revolution Now Protest Fails To Hold In Rivers State

The proposed nationwide “#Revolutionnow” protest on Monday did not hold in Rivers state. The Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike had on Sunday warned against the embattled Omoyele Sowore initiated protest in the state, directing all security operatives to be on guard to foil any of such protest and arrest participants. Today, Security agencies in Port Harcourt, defied the all-day rains to Man all strategic protest places in the capital City, especially the Isaac Boro Park, near the state House apparently to foil all forms of gathering to ensure no break down of law and order in the state. Meanwhile, there was no gathering of any kind, business activities are going on as usual in the area. The statement signed by Wike’s personal Assistant on Electronic media, Simeon Nwakudu Sunday...
#RevolutionNow: ‘Free Sowore’ Protest In London
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#RevolutionNow: ‘Free Sowore’ Protest In London

In respect of the arrest of the Revolution now convener and former presidential aspirant, Sowore. This group convened at the Nigerian embassy in London to demand his release. According to the video, they said instead of them arresting Sowore, they should go to Sambisa Forest and arrest the Boko Haram and also arrest kidnappers because they are the ones making Nigeria uncomfortable see video
Gunshots As Policemen, Soldiers Chase #revolutionnow Protesters From Lagos Venue
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Gunshots As Policemen, Soldiers Chase #revolutionnow Protesters From Lagos Venue

Members of the #RevolutionNow movement who converged on the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos, on Monday, were forcefully dispersed by soldiers and policemen. The protesters, who arrived at the stadium around 7am on Monday, for the kick-off of the protest met a detachment of policemen at the entrance of the stadium. Some soldiers later joined the policemen. Eliaz Ozikpu, one of the protesters told TheCable, that he was discussing the protest plans with others when security operatives crossed over the road to meet them. “We were standing here, while they watched us from the other side. Suddenly, they moved on us and said we can’t talk to the press. We weren’t even talking to the press yet. We were addressing ourselves,” he said. One of Sowore’s supporters being led to a p...
‘Revolution Now’ Organizers Release ‘Rules Of Engagement’ For Protest
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‘Revolution Now’ Organizers Release ‘Rules Of Engagement’ For Protest

The #RevolutionNow Organizers have released the 'Rules of Engagement' for Tomorrow's massive protest all over Nigeria.Below is a statement sent to POLITICS NIGERIA by the group; "The Coalition of Revolution (CORE) seizes this opportunity to call on mass of Nigerians who have shown tired of the suffering in the land and the oppressive system that keeps enriching the rich at the expense of the poor.""It is no gainsaying that the Country has been plunged into crises by bereft leadership who have turned the Country into a ‘business centre’." "CORE is reiterating all the demands at this hour for proper clarification as usual.""The Police may have to explain to the world how the following listed demands would lead to a violent protest and treasonable felony like the Police PRO, DCP Fra...
Wike Warns #RevolutionNow Protesters, Says “Stay Off Rivers State”
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Wike Warns #RevolutionNow Protesters, Says “Stay Off Rivers State”

Rivers State governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has warned anyone who intends to participate in the Omoyele Sowore-led ‘RevolutionNow’ protest to stay off the streets across the state. Wike, in a statement issued in Port Harcourt on Sunday by his media aide, Simeon Nwakaudu, said that Rivers State was not part of the #RevolutionNow protest. The governor said: “Rivers State does not subscribe to what the #RevolutionNow protest represents and Rivers State is not part of the protest”. He directed security agencies in the state to arrest anybody involved in the #RevolutionNow protest and also take all necessary steps to prosecute such persons immediately. Wike also urged parents to ensure that their children are not misled by agents of Sowore to participate in the illegal protest. “All co...
Sowore Is With Us, Says DSS
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Sowore Is With Us, Says DSS

The Department of State Security (DSS) on Sunday afternoon confirmed it has presidential candidate of the African Action Congress, Mr Omoyele Sowore in its custody. Sowore was arrested on Saturday by operatives of the DSS in his Lagos residence over proposed #RevolutionNow protests billed for Monday. Read Also: Just In: DSS arrests Omoyele Sowore DSS spokesman, Peter Afunanya confirmed this to reporters during a briefing at the DSS headquarters in Abuja.
IGP Adamu Warns Against ‘Revolution Now’, Calls it “treasonable felony”
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IGP Adamu Warns Against ‘Revolution Now’, Calls it “treasonable felony”

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, has raised concerns about a planned ‘revolution’ march against the Nigerian government by the Global Coalition for Security and Democracy in Nigeria, calling it a ‘treasonable felony’ and warning that acts of terrorism would not be tolerated. Adamu, who gave the warning in Abuja, said that the Nigeria Police Force would “not stand idly-by and watch any individual or group” cause anarchy in the country. The IGP, while stressing that Nigerians have the right to protest, however warned that such rights should not translate to a violent and forceful change of government which, he said, would amount to a “clear revolution.” In a statement signed by Force public relations officer Frank Mba, IGP Adamu says: "The attention of t...
#RevolutionNow Organizer Releases List Of Demands, Vows To Go Ahead With Protest
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#RevolutionNow Organizer Releases List Of Demands, Vows To Go Ahead With Protest

As a leading figure of the RevolutionNow protest, Omoyele Sowore continued his detention in DSS custody, the RevolutionNow organizer which include several CSO have vow to continue with the protest scheduled to start on Monday August 5 2019. They have also released the list of demands they are agitating against. A Lagos-based lawyer and civil rights activist, Inibehe Effiong, said the government should focus on addressing the issues that informed the planned demonstration, rather than cracking down on citizens for exercising their rights to speech, association and assembly. “We have a list of demands,” Mr Effiong said. “And everything borders around good governance.” The protesters said the demand had been broken down into three phases, each of which contains a laundry of critical ...
Nnamdi Kanu Reacts To Omoyele Sowore’s Arrest By DSS Over #revolutionnow Protest
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Nnamdi Kanu Reacts To Omoyele Sowore’s Arrest By DSS Over #revolutionnow Protest

Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has spoken against the arrest of the publisher of SaharaReporters, Omoyele Sowore, calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure his immediate release. Sowore, also a former presidential candidate, was arrested early Saturday by security operatives suspected to be from the Department of State Security (DSS). The arrest is believed to be connected to the #RevolutionNow protests which is set to commence nationwide on August 5. “Fulani tyranny & primitive dictatorship will never win this war against the massed ranks of oppressed people in Nigeria. Suppressing the right to protest in a so-called democracy will only hasten the collapse of that ZOO. #FreeSowore & allow the #RevolutionNow right to protest.” M...
Atiku Reacts To The Arrest Of Sowore By DSS
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Atiku Reacts To The Arrest Of Sowore By DSS

Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 presidential election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has reacted over the arrest of the convener of #RevolutionNow protest, Omoyele Sowore. Igbere TV had reported that security operatives suspected to be from the Department of State Services (DSS) arrested the former presidential candidate, Omoyele Sowore, over the planned Aug. 5 protest. Sowore, who is also the publisher of Sahara Reporters, was arrested early Saturday. The publisher posted a distress tweet around 1:25 am, saying “DSS invades Sowore’s.” Reacting over the arrest, Atiku said freedom of speech was not only constitutionally guaranteed but remains a substructure of democracy. He tweeted: “Freedom of speech is not only constitutionally guaranteed, it is the subs...