DSS,Why we Rearrested sowore

The Department of State Services (DSS) has explained why it rearrested the convener of RevolutionNow protests, Mr Omoyele Sowore.

In a statement on Saturday by its Public Relations Officer, Peter Afunanya, the agency stressed that Sowore is facing trial, not as an activist, journalist or politician.

It said Sowore was taken into custody for allegedly resorting to call for violence, a forceful takeover of government, and suspected transnational illegal activities.

On why he was rearrested, the DSS alleged that Sowore resorted to “acts inimical to security” shortly after being released from its custody.

It added that only Sowore was rearrested while his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare, was not picked up by its operatives.

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The DSS denied the invasion of the Federal High Court in Abuja by its personnel, adding that Sowore was not arrested in court.

It insisted that it was committed to the discharge of its mandate of detecting and preventing threats against the internal security of the nation.

The agency pledged continued support for democracy and its protection while ensuring that efforts of anti-democratic forces were frustrated.

Sowore enters court and was chanting #RevolutionNow

Sowore

Omoyele Sowore, the publisher of Sahara Reporters and convener of #RevolutionNow protest, is set to be arraigned before the Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday.

Sowore who has been charged with treasonable felony, amongst other offences, arrived at the court this morning chanting #RevolutionNow. While he chanted “Revolution” his followers who were already waiting for him responded “Now”.

Recall that the Department of State Services, DSS, on August 3, 2019, arrested Sowore for calling for a revolution through a protest scheduled to hold on August 5. The protest was interpreted as an attempt to topple the Buhari led administration.

Justice Taiwo Taiwo in the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court granted the DSS permission to detain the activist in custody for 45 days and at its expiration, the Attorney General of the Federation filed a seven-count charge of treasonable felony, cyber crimes and money laundering against the activist.

I never planned to bring down the government,I did not collect money from Nnamdi kanu-sowore break silence.

Detained convener of #RevolutionNow, Omoyele Sowore has faulted claim by the Department of State Services (DSS) that he planned to topple the government of President Mohammadu Burahi with his plan.

The 2019 presidential candidate of the African Action Congress, AAC, has dismissed allegation by the Department of State Services, DSS, that he collected money from Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, to overthrow the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government.

He, however, admitted that though, he had a meeting with Kanu in the United States, US, he did not receive any fund to wage war against President Buhari.

Sowore, who is being held by the DSS after it got a court order to detain him for 45 days in the first instance, categorically denied plotting to topple the government.

He explained that his action was directed at expressing his displeasure with the current state of affairs in the country.

Citing instances where the DSS had accused many prominent Nigerians, including President Buhari of engaging in treasonable acts for participating in a street protest, Sowore denied receiving funds from any external sources as claimed by the DSS.

Sowore’s position is contained in a document filed before the Federal High Court, Abuja by his lawyer, Abubakar Mashal.

The document was filed on Tuesday in response to an earlier application by the DSS, claiming among others that Sowore plotted to topple the government.

He said: “President Muhammadu Buhari and other leaders of the ruling party had led street protests in the past which the Applicant/Respondent claimed were planned to overthrow the federal government.

“President Muhammadu Buhari led protest marches after each consecutive loss of the presidential elections won by Messrs Olusegun Obasanjo, Yar’adua and Goodluck Jonathan of the PDP in 2003, 2004 and 2014 but was neither arrested nor charged for planning to overthrow the government.

“The respondent/applicant (Sowore) is not a coup plotter like the military officers who toppled elected governments in Nigeria in January 1966 and December 1983 and who were never arrested and prosecuted by the Federal government.

“Based on the misleading advice of the applicant/respondent (DSS), any political leader who criticized the federal government has always been accused of engaging in sabotage, treason, treasonable felony or terrorism.

“He (Sowore) did not plan a coup with anyone but he mobilized the Nigerian people including students and youths, workers, market women and other oppressed people to influence the federal government, the 36 state governments, and 774 local governments to address the crises of corruption, maladministration, mismanagement of the economy and insecurity.

“The present administration had promised to create one million jobs per annum, build one million houses per annum, end epileptic supply of electricity, end corruption and impunity and restructure the country, end insecurity and manage the economy in the interest of the Nigerian people.

“Apart from failing to address these problems, the Muhammadu Buhari administration has compounded them in a manner that the majority of Nigerians are frustrated.

“Aside from the myriads of challenges noted above, insecurity has increased to the extent that thousands of people have been killed by terrorists, kidnappers, armed robbers, armed herders, armed soldiers and armed policemen without any hope in sight.”

Meanwhile, the hearing of the application by Sowore, challenging his detention and a similar application by the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (INM) also known as Shiite Movement has been scheduled for Wednesday.

Both cases are expected to be heard by Justice Evelyn Maha, sitting in Court 11.

Sowore collaborating with foreign sponsors to overthrow BUHARI-DSS

Sowore collaborating with foreign sponsors to overthrow Buhari-DSS

Department of State Services (DSS),   has revealed how Mr Sowere Omoyele, the convener of the #RevolutionNow protest received an undisclosed amount of Dollars from foreign sponsors, to overthrow the government of Muhammadu  Buhari and to set the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) or Shiites, Ibrahim El-Zazaky free.

The Service said that investigation it carried out, revealed that the #RevolutionNow campaign Sowore initiated  was a camouflage to actually overthrow President Buhari.

The DSS made this known in a fresh document it filed at the Federal High Court yesterday, August 19 in response to an application by Sowore, challenging the court’s order, granting the security agency 45 days to detain him pending investigation.

In the counter-affidavit deposed to by Godwin Agbadua, an official of the DSS, it was stated that Sowore was arrested on reasonable suspicion of having committed a capital offence, upon his alleged involvement in terrorists’ activities.

According to him, “the respondent/applicant (Sowore) planned to violently change the government through the hashtag RevolutionNow. The respondent/applicant hid under the cover of call for mass protest with the hashtag RevolutionNow, to mislead unsuspecting and innocent members of the public into joining him to topple the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”

Adding that, “In his plot to topple the government the respondent/applicant held series of meetings with members at a prescribed terrorist’s organization, Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) with a view to mobilizing strong forces to realize his agenda at changing the government”

Furthermore, Godwin said, “the respondent formed an alliance with a fugitive, Nnamdi Kanu, a self-acclaimed leader of the proscribed terrorists group, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), to launch series of attacks on Nigeria with a view to violently removing the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”

“After series of closed-door meetings between the duo in the United States of America, they addressed a press conference wherein they both stated their resolve to form alliance against the Nigerian government, the duo stated that they have a well-planned out strategy to realize their objective, which is toppling the government, he said.

He further said that, “the applicant/respondent is investigating the activities of the respondent /applicant as it relates to a terrorists organisation, IPOB. The facts show a conjecture between the respondent/applicant and IPOB activities.

“There is the need for the applicant/respondent to investigate such reasonable suspicion of the relationship between the respondent/applicant and IPOB,” Godwin noted

“The respondent held series of meetings with some foreign collaborators outside Nigeria including Dubai where millions of dollars were given to him to sponsor a widespread attack on Nigeria with a view to violently removing the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and freeing Ibrahim Yaqub Elzakzaky (Shaikh).

“In furtherance to the plans to violently free Elzakzaky from lawful custody. The respondent held several meetings with a proscribed terrorist’s organisation. Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) where they strategized on how to carry out attacks to force the government to free Elzakzaky.

“The respondent stated in one of his videos that Shiite members, who are members of the proscribed terrorists group, IMN were going to join forces with him in bringing down the government. The statement and the meetings of the respondent/applicant raises issue of grave suspicion of supporting a proscribed terrorists’ organisation, IMN.

“The suspicions require diligent investigation by the applicant/respondent. The planned action constitutes a threat of violence to intimidate or cause panic in members of the public as a means of affecting political conduct

“The investigation is still ongoing. Upon the completion of investigation, the case file will be forwarded to the office of the Attorney General of the Federation for advice and possible prosecution.”

e DSS also said that it engaged in a painstaking investigation of Sowore’s activities in view of the quantum of evidence so far gathered and may return to court to seek an extension of the 45 days granted it by the Federal High Court, Abuja to detain him.

The DSS made this known in a fresh document it filed at the Federal High Court yesterday, August 19 in response to an application by Sowore, challenging the court’s order, granting the security agency 45 days to detain him pending investigation.

In the counter-affidavit deposed to by Godwin Agbadua, an official of the DSS, it was stated that Sowore was arrested on reasonable suspicion of having committed a capital offence, upon his alleged involvement in terrorists’ activities.

“The respondent/applicant (Sowore) planned to violently change the government through the hashtag RevolutionNow. The respondent/applicant hid under the cover of call for mass protest with the hashtag RevolutionNow to mislead unsuspecting and innocent members of the public into joining him to topple the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

“In his plot to topple the government the respondent/applicant held series of meetings with members at a prescribed terrorists‘organisation, Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) with a view to mobilizing strong forces to realize his agenda at changing the government

“The respondent formed an alliance with a fugitive, Nnamdi Kanu, a self-acclaimed leader of the proscribed terrorists group, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), to launch series of attacks on Nigeria with a view to violently removing the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

“After series of closed-door meetings between the duo in the United States of America, they addressed a press conference wherein they both stated their resolve to form alliance against the Nigerian government, the duo stated that they have a well-planned out strategy to realize their objective, which is toppling the government.

“The applicant/respondent is investigating the activities of the respondent /applicant as it relates to a terrorists organisation, IPOB. The facts show a conjecture between the respondent/applicant and IPOB activities.

“There is the need for the applicant/respondent to investigate such reasonable suspicion of the relationship between the respondent/applicant and IPOB.

“The respondent held series of meetings with some foreign collaborators outside Nigeria including Dubai where millions of dollars were given to him to sponsor a widespread attack on Nigeria with a view to violently removing the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and freeing Ibrahim Yaqub Elzakzaky (Shaikh).

“In furtherance to the plans to violently free Elzakzaky from lawful custody. The respondent held several meetings with a proscribed terrorist’s organisation. Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) where they strategized on how to carry out attacks to force the government to free Elzakzaky.

“The respondent stated in one of his videos that Shiite members, who are members of the proscribed terrorists group, IMN were going to join forces with him in bringing down the government. The statement and the meetings of the respondent/applicant raises issue of grave suspicion of supporting a proscribed terrorists’ organisation, IMN.

“The suspicions require diligent investigation by the applicant/respondent. The planned action constitutes a threat of violence to intimidate or cause panic in members of the public as a means of affecting political conduct

“The investigation is still ongoing. Upon the completion of investigation, the case file will be forwarded to the office of the Attorney General of the Federation for advice and possible prosecution.”

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