Unic Press UK: A judge of the Federal High Court, Taiwo Taiwo has ruled that the principal organizer/convener of the August 5 peaceful protest tagged #RevolutionNow, Omoyele Sowore, who was arrested by the Nigerian secret service on August 3, could be held in custody for 45 days in the first instance.
The ruling Thursday is a sequel to a suit filed by the Nigeria government, through the State Security Services, praying the Federal High Court in Abuja judicial division to grant an application that the Sahara Reporters publisher, Omoyele Sowore, be held in custody for 90 days.
The government position is that the planned revolution is an attempt to force a regime change, and overthrow the Buhari administration.
In a press statement August 3, the Inspector General of Police (IG), Mohammed Adamu said that the planned revolution or regime change is treasonable felony – an act of terror. Adamu said:
“The attention of the Nigeria Police Force has been drawn to a video circulating on the social media by the ‘Global Coalition for Security and Democracy in Nigeria and others’, inciting Nigerians, home and abroad, to join a planned ‘revolution’ march against the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on Monday, 5th August, 2019 with the sole aim of forcing a regime change in the country. The Force wishes to state unequivocally that the call amounts to treasonable felony and acts of terrorism and will therefore not stand idly-by and watch any individual or group in the society cause anarchy in the land.”