ABUJA, 5 January 2021 – Former Nigerian presidential candidate, activist and publisher, Omoyele Sowore, has been ordered remanded in prison custody by an Abuja court.
Sowore and four other activits were brought before the magistrate court in Abuja on charges of criminal conspiracy, unlawful assembly and inciting public disturbance.
Police arrested the five after they organized and led a protest against bad governance on New Year’s Eve.
The court said Sowore organized the protest rally in contravention of a police order.
The activist pleaded not guilty, telling the court he was not the organizer of the protest.
He is currently held in police detention.
A former teacher of Modern African History at the City University of New York and Post Colonial African History at the New York School of the Art, Sowore was first arrest in August 2019.
Judicial authorities accused him of calling for a revolution.
Ahead of the protests, Sowore had explained in press interviews and at campaign events, that Nigeria needed a revolution partly because, according to him, the elections organized in the country are not credible.
“We don’t want war,” he said in a video posted to social media in July 2019.
“We want a very clean, quick, succinct revolutionary process – surgical… that we put an end to oppression, the corruption of government,” Sowore said in the video.
The mass protests in which he took part in 2019 had been called under the title Revolution Now and Nigeria judicial authorities said the calls for revolution were unlawful.
Aftr three months in detention, Sowore was released in December 2019.
Nigerian authorities brought other charges against him, including treason, money laundering and cyber harassment.