The Department of State Services (DSS) has accused Mr. Omoyele Sowore, the man spearheading the #RevolutionNow protests, of collecting millions of dollars from foreigners to overthrow the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to the DSS in the court document filed before the Federal High Court in Abuja, Sowore met with foreign collaborators in Dubai, the United Arab Emirate, and other countries on how to overthrow the Nigerian Government and release Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (Shiite).
Naija Buzz News had reported how Sowore was arrested by the operative of the DSS two days before the launch of the #RevolutionNow protest. We also reported how Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court Abuja granted the DSS permission to detain him for 45 days pending the conclusion of its investigations.
The recent revelations by the DSS came in its response to the application filed by Sowore, challenging his continued detention by the secret service.
The DSS in its response to the application through its lawyer, Godwin Agbadua, said; “that the respondent held a series of meetings with some foreign collaborators outside Nigeria including Dubai where he was given millions of dollars to sponsor widespread attacks in Nigeria with a view to violently removing the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and freeing Ibraheem El-Zakzaky.
“That in furtherance of the plans to violently free El-Zakzaky from lawful custody, the respondent held several meetings with a proscribed terrorist organisation, Islamic Movement in Nigeria where they strategised on how to carry out attacks to force the government to free El-Zakzaky.”
The DSS further accused Sowore of conniving with the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and members of the Shiite group, to free El-Zakzaky by causing chaos around the country. He was consequently arrested for his involvement in terrorist activities the DSS alleged, adding that it needed more time to properly investigate him.
The DSS court document further revealed that; “after a series of closed-door meetings with the duo in the United States, they addressed a press conference wherein they both stated their resolve to form an alliance against the Nigerian government. A Digital Video Display of the said press conference is annexed as exhibit SS1.”
After the investigation is completed, the case would be forwarded to the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation.
Despite his arrest, many Nigerians especially in the southern parts of the country held the #RevolutionNow protest. We reported that over 55 were arrested across the country over the protests and charged to court.
Ibrahim Kenneth Suleiman is the Chief Political Editor at Naija Buzz News Network. He is a graduate of political science from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Kaduna State. He specializes in preparing/approving of political news contents before publication. He currently heads Naija Buzz News team of political correspondents. From Nasarawa State, North-Central Nigeria, Ibrahim is a strong supporter of Manchester United Football Club England.