The Federal government has charged the publisher of Sahara Reporters and the convener of RevolutionNow protests, Omoyele Sowore with conspiracy to commit treasonable felony, cyberstalking president Muhammadu Buhari and money laundering.
According to the court papers dated September 19,2019 , Sowore, who was arrested by the secret police on August 3, 2019 for planning to stage protests was charged alongside one Adebayo Bakare (A.K.A Mandate). The court papers said investigations have been concluded into the case and listed witnesses who will testify against him.
“That you Omoyele Stephen Sowore, Male Adult of No 1 Mosafejo Street, Kiribo, Ese-Odo LGA, Ondo State, Olawale Adebayo Bakare (aka Mandate) Male, Adult of Olaiya Arca, Oshogbo LGA Osun State and others at large, under the aegis of Coalition for Revolution (CORE), sometimes in August 2019 in Abuja, Lagos and other parts of Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, did conspired amongst yourselves to stage a revolution campaign on 5th day of August 2019 tagged #RevolutionNow” aimed at removing the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria during his term of office otherwise known than by constitutional means” the charge sheet read.
Sowore was also charged with the illegal transfer of funds contrary to Section 15(1) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 and punishable under the same section of the Act.
FG alleged that Sowore had on April 2, at Lagos and Abuja, transferred by means of swift wire, the sum of $19,975 from his United Bank of Africa Plc Account No. 3002246104 credited by City Bank, New York City, USA, into Sahara Reporters Media Foundations GTB Account No. 0424048298 with the aim of concealing or disguising the illicit origin of the funds.
It alleged that he also transferred $16,975 from the same UBA Account credited to him by LANDRUM of 7e 146 W 29th Street, New York, NY10001, USA, via City Bank Plc, the aim to conceal the illicit origin of the funds.
Sowore has been in detention since his arrest after the DSS obtained a court warrant to detain him for 45 days.
See some of the court papers