The Nigeria Police has arraigned 6 #RevolutionNow protesters before an Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates Court in Lagos.
The protesters, including a lawyer, were arrested in yesterday’s protest in Lagos.
Naija Buzz News had earlier reported how over 55 persons were arrested by the police in the August 5th protests held across some states in Nigeria. We also predicted that they could be charged for treason felony.
Those arraigned before Chief Magistrate A.O. Komolafe include; Ehis Omoshomio, Gabriel Ojumah (the lawyer), Juwon Sanyaolu, Stanley Anobi, Elias Ozikpu, and Kenechukwu Ukachukwu; who are 35, 51, 22, 28, 30, and 25, respectively.
The police charged them with two counts of unlawful assembly and conduct likely to breach peace in the nation. But the young Nigerians who vehemently ignored the warning by the authorities not to protest pleaded not guilty.
Ibijoke Akinpelu, the representative of the Lagos State Criminal Intelligence and Information Department Panti, and Kehinde Omisakin, the State Resident Prosecutor, alleged that the defendants were apprehended yesterday at the Surulere National Stadium Lagos because they were involved in an unlawful gathering, adding that they contravened the provisions of Sections 44 and 168(d) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State (2015).
The Magistrate however granted the lawyer, Ojumah, bail on self-recognition, and the other 5 protesters bail in the sum of N100,000 each, with two sureties each in like sum. The court further adjourned the case until September 26 for hearing.
Jonathan Dennis is an Editor at Naija Buzz News Network. He oversees the production and publication of stories on NaijaBuzz.News and on Naija Buzz News TV. The former banker left his banking job to join Naija Buzz News in 2019. He was briefly the head of the “Wetin Dey Happen” news team. Jonathan is a proud ‘Akwa-Ibomite’ from Akwa Ibom State, South-South Nigeria.