Sowore and his collegues at the Wuse Magistrate Court in Abuja on Monday

Michael Adeshina

Publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore and four others were ordered to be remanded in Kuje Prison on Monday following their arrest for staging a protest on New Year’s Eve.

A Magistrate court in Wuse 2 Abuja gave the order after they all pleaded not guilty to the charge of criminal conspiracy, unlawful assembly, and attempting to incite others.

The Magistrate, Taye Maibel, in her ruling said all the charges are bailable, except if the defendants are deemed likely to evade trial or commit the same offence.

She asked that the formal bail application should he brought before her at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday.

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Sowore had before his arrest, called President Muhammadu Buhari a tyrant and told Nigerians to join him on a protest against his regime.

“How about a crossover protest/uprising tonight? Anyone willing to participate? Pick up a candle and a placard showing your grievances against the regime; let’s upload our short videos and photos across our social media platforms. Let’s welcome the regime to a resolute 2021,” Sowore tweeted.

“#CrossoverWithProtest against tyrant @mbuhari’s regime, candlelight for #LekkiMassacre; a placard for #EndBadGovernment; procession to usher in #Revolutionary 2021, a fist for victims of repression-frozen bank accounts, malicious prosecution and detention of #Endsars activists,” Sowore added.

“#Crossoverwithprotest starts at 11.30 till 12.30 am across Nigeria, a candle, a placard and fireworks to usher in a RESOLUTE 2021 in Nigeria! Join with your friends and neighbours ‪#EndSARS. ‪#ObigboMassacre ‪#LekkiMassacre ‪#EndBadGoveranceInNigeria ‪#BuhariTrainwreck ‪#RevolutionNow.”

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However, Prosecutors told the court that Sowore and his team were arrested on New Year’s  Eve with placards calling for a violent revolution against President Buhari.

The others remanded alongside Sowore were  Juwon Sanyaolu, Damilare Adenola, Peter and Kimrere.

Their formal bail application will be heard tomorrow, January 5, 2020.