Police Arraign Lawyer, 5 Others Over Sowore’s #RevolutionNow Protest

* Source : 123RF.com



Story by Gbenga Ogunbufunmi


The police today, arraigned five people and a legal practitioner for the #RevolutionNow protests, before a Lagos Chief Magistrate’s Court, Ebute Metta.

Those arraigned by the police are: Ehis Omoshomio, 35; Barrister Gabriel Ojumah, 51, Juwon Sanyaolu, 22; Stanley Anobi, 28; Elias Ozikpu, 30 and Kenechukwu Ukachukwu, 25.

The protesters were slammed with two counts of unlawful assembly and conduct likely to cause breach of the peace.

The accused persons pleaded not guilty.

The prosecutor, Mr Ibijoke Akinpelu, from the State Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department (SCIID) Panti-Yaba, Lagos, leading the resident prosecutor, Inspector Kehinde Omisakin, told the court that the defendants committed the offence on August 5, at 10 a.m., at the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.

Akinpelu alleged that the six defendants, assembled at the National Stadium Surulere to protest, adding that the gathering was unlawful and caused fear to the public.

The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of Sections 44 and 168(d) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

Chief Magistrate A.O. Komolafe admitted Ojumah, a lawyer, to bail based on self- recognition and the other five defendants N100, 000 each with two sureties each in like sum.

Magistrate Komolafe adjourned the case till September 26 for mention and ordered that other defendants be remanded in prison custody till the perfection of the bail terms.

Mr Omoyele Sowore, publisher of Sahara Reporters, an online news medium and founder and presidential candidate of the African Action Congress in the February 2019 General Election, had called the #RevolutionNow, in what he described as a protest against bad governance in the country.

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