FG Charges Sowore With Treasonable Felony, Money Laundering

The Federal Government has filed a 7-count charge bordering on treasonable felony, cyberstalking and money laundering against the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) in the February 23 election, Omoyele Sowore.

The Convener of the RevolutionNow protest was arrested and detained by the Department of State Services (DSS) on August 2, accusing him of threatening public peace with the planned protest.

The Federal High Court, Abuja, had granted the DSS’s request to keep Sowore for 45 days, and an application to grant him bail was rejected.

In the suit dated September 20 and filed at the court in Abuja, the government accused Sowore of granting an interview which purpose caused insult on the person of the president of the country.

Olawale Bakare, also known as Mandate, is listed with Sowore as a defendant.

The charges were signed on behalf of the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), by Aminu Alilu, a Chief State Counsel in the Department of Public Prosecutions of the Federation, the Federal Ministry of Justice.

Omoyele Sowore, Presidential candidate of the African Action Congress

In the charges instituted against the defendants, the government accused Sowore and his co-defendant of committing conspiracy to commit treasonable felony in breach of section 516 of the Criminal Code Act by allegedly staging “a revolution campaign on September 5, 2019 aimed at removing the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.

The government also accused them of committing the actual offence of treasonable felony in breach of section, 4(1)(c) of the Criminal Code Act, by using the platform of Coalition for Revolution, in August 2019 in Abuja, Lagos and other parts of Nigeria, to stage the #RevolutionNow protest allegedly aimed at removing the President.

It accused Sowore of cybercrime offences in violation of section 24(1)(b) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention) Act.

“You knowingly sent 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 suit read.

According to the suit, Sowore in April 2019 “transferred by means of swift wire, the sum of $19,975 from his UBA account credited by City Bank, New York into Sahara Reporters Media Foundation GTB account with the aim of concealing or disguising the illicit origin of the funds”.

The suit also claimed that a similar transaction involving the sum of $16,975 also occurred in July 2019.

These funds transfer, the government said, is contrary to section 15 (1) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011.

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