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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: FG charges Sowore with treason, money laundering

Omowole Sowore, the Presidential Candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) in the February 23, 2019 poll

The Federal Government of Nigeria has filed a seven counts of treasonable felony and money laundering against Omoyele Sowore, the publisher of Sahara Reporters.

The former presidential candidate in the February 23, 2019 poll was arrested by the Department of State Services (DSS) on August 3 at his residence in Lagos (just few days ahead of the August 5th #RevolutionNow protest.

The Federal High Court in Abuja had granted the DSS permission to detain Sowore for 45days to enable it complete its investigation against him.

The DSS had accused him of receiving millions of dollars and collaborating with foreign sponsors to overthrow the government of President Buhari.

The seven counts charge against Sowore was brought ahead of the expiration of his detention order today (September 21).

The FG accused him and his co-defendant (Olawale Bakare) of committing conspiracy for treasonable felony breach of section 516 of the Criminal Code Act by allegedly staging a revolution campaign on August 5th, 2019.

The revolution campaign (#RevolutionNow) was allegedly aimed at removing the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Sowore was also accused of committing treasonably felony by breaching Section 4(1)(c) of the Criminal Code Act, by using the Coalition for Revolution in staging the #RevolutionNow protests across the nation.

He was also accused of cybercrime by violating Section 24(1)(b) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention) Act, by “knowingly” sending “messages by means of press interview granted on Arise Television network which you knew to be false for the purpose of causing insult, enmity, hatred and ill-will on the person of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

The former presidential candidate was also accused of money laundering offences in breach of Section 15(1) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 by allegedly transferring the sums of $19,975 on April 2, 2019; $20,475 on May 21, 2019, $16,975 on June 27, 2019, and another $16,975 on July 16, 2019.

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