The human rights activist with the ‘RevolutionNow’ protest, Mr Omoyele Sowore and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare, on Monday 30th September 2019 pleaded not guilty to seven counts of treasonable felony and other various offences levelled against them by the Federal Government.
Sowore was arraigned before Justice Ijeoma Ojuwku of the Federal High Court in Abuja.
The judge who earlier dismissed the objection of the defendants’ lawyer, Adeyinka Olumide-Fusika (SAN), scheduled arraignment.
Senior advocate of Nigeria, Olumide-Fusika had contained that the arraignment should not be allowed to go on the grounds that the Department of State Services (DSS), which has been keeping him in custody since August 3rd 2019, had not allowed the defendants to consult with their lawyer after the charges had been filed.
Olumide added and stated that the court should protect its integrity by refusing to allow the arraignment to proceed when the prosecutor continued to disobey the court order made on September 24th 2019 for the release. However, the prosecution which was led by Hassan Liman (SAN) urged the court to dismiss the objection insisting that what was more important was that the defendants had been served with the charges and nothing more.
Liman also further stated that the order for the release of the defendants had expired since the defendants had been produced in court for arraignment. The case has just started and is not going to end anytime soon. More news is still being released while most Nigerians have been lending out their voices for the release of Sowore.