According to new reports making the rounds, the Nigerian Government today has filed new charges against Sahara Reporters Publisher and former Presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), Omoyele Sowore.
Sowore, along with his co-defendant Olawale Bakare resumed hearing of their trial at the Abuja high court on Wednesday, however, soon after the presiding judge, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu, adjourned the case till Thursday, February 13, the prosecutor A.K Alilu informed the court that the office of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) has taken over the prosecution of the case, filing new and amended charges.
Nonetheless, Sowore and Bakare’s lawyer, Olumide Fusika asked the prosecution to serve them with necessary documents on the new and previous charges before the defendants can take plea.
The court further awarded N200,000 damages against the Department of State Security (DSS) payable to Sowore for frivolous reasons for adjournments.
Sowore was arrested on Saturday, August 3 after calling for a nationwide protest tagged #RevolutionNow by the DSS.
The government accused Sowore and his co-defendant Olawale Bakare of treasonable felony, money laundering, terrorism and plotting to overthrow Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari.
The court had on two occasions ordered Sowore’s bail but was denied by the DSS for undisclosed reasons.