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BREAKING: Buhari govt re-arraigns Sowore for treason

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The Nigerian Government, on Monday re-arraigned Omoyele Sowore, the convener of RevolutionNow protest before a Federal High Court in Abuja.

Sowore, who was a 2019 presidential candidate African Action Congress, AAC, was re-arraigned alongside his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare.

The duo were brought to the court by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS).

Sowore arrived to the ecstatic arm of his supporters who did not realise that the trial judge, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu, was already in court.

Sowore and Bakare are facing seven charges preferred against them by the Federal Government.

Among the charges are alleged conspiracy to commit treason, money laundering, and insulting the President.

This is coming one week after Justice Taiwo Taiwo ordered the release of Mr Sowore after a detention order the judge issued against him elapsed.

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Police arraigns editor, journalist over report on company allegedly owned by Buhari’s adviser

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The Nigeria Police Force has arraigned the Editor of NewsDigest, an Abuja-based online newspaper, Gidado Yushau and a student journalist, Alfred Olufemi before a magistrate court in Ilorin Metropolis.

They were arraigned on Tuesday following a petition from a company allegedly owned by the just appointed Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Finance and Economy, Dr. Sarah Alade over a report on hemp smoking published on 19 May, 2018.

The investigative report titled: “Inside Kwara factory where Indian hemp smoking is ‘legalized,” was authored by Olufemi.

According to the report, Hillcrest Agro-Allied Industry, one of the groups of companies allegedly owned by Alade, a former Deputy Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), tolerated the smoking of cigarettes, as well as Indian hemp by workers within its vicinity.

The report also stated that the industry refused to respond to Olufemi’s inquiry on the disturbing situation after he had put several calls and text messages to the industry’s hotlines.

Police operatives earlier arrested the platform’s webmaster, Adebowale Adekoya in Lagos and Gidado Yushau in Abuja before taking them to Ilorin for further questioning.

Olufemi later voluntarily submitted himself to the police in Ilorin.

On Tuesday, the two defendants (Gidado and Alfred) were charged with Criminal conspiracy and defamation against Sections 97 and 192 of the penal code.

The First Information Report (FIR) obtained by PRNigeria averred that the two defendants “criminally conspired to tarnish the name and image of Hillcrest Agro-Allied Industries.”

Both Messrs Shuaib and Olufemi pleaded not guilty before a Magistrate Court in Ilorin Metropolis.

Following the bail application made by the defence counsel, Barrister Usman Kola Belgore, the Chief Magistrate of the Court, Magistrate A.O Muhammed released the defendants on grounds of recognition and that they are innocent until proven otherwise.

The conditions of bail include two sureties each who are relatives of the defendants with a bail bond of two hundred thousand Naira (N200,000.00).

The case was adjourned for hearing on January 13.

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Buhari, Malami, DSS Respect Court, Release Sowore -Centre For Law And Civil Culture

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A non-governmental organization, the Centre for Law and Civil Culture, has called on President Muhammad Buhari to direct the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, to ensure that the DSS release Omoyele sowore.

In a statement issued on Tuesday and jointly signed by its Executive Secretary, Abdulganeey Imran and Legal Adviser Deborah Okpanachi, CLCC said “The continued detention of Sowore by the Department of State Services having perfected and fulfilled his bail condition as directed by the judge of the Federal High Court, Abuja, can at best, be described as an affront to the judiciary and the rule of law.

“The order of any court stands and must be readily obeyed. Disobedience to the order of any court cannot be justified under any circumstance.

“It is imperative to state that section 161 of Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015 gives absolute discretion to judges to admit any person, depending on the circumstance of the case, to bail, even where capital offence that attracts death penalty is allegedly committed.

“Therefore, having met and fulfilled the bail conditions as stated by the judge, the DSS has no excuse keeping Omoyele Sowore further in its custody.

“It is on this basis that CLCC call on President Muhammadu Buhari, the Attorney General of Federation and Minister of Justice to ensure the DSS to release Omoyele Sowore with immediate effect.”

The organization also appealed to the Nigerian Bar Association and civil society groups to uphold judicial independence as the refusal of the DSS and the Buhari regime to comply with the directive of the court order to release Sowore is a serious threat to the independence of judiciary and an invitation to anarchy.

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Buhari not in charge of his govt – Arewa youths reveal this controlling President

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Arewa youths insist Buhari not in charge of govt, reveals those ‘controlling’ president

The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, AYCF, on Monday, insisted that President Muhammadu Buhari was not in charge of his government.

In an exclusive chat with DAILY POST, AYCF President General, Yerima Shettima, stated that “a team of cabals” are in charge of the All Progressives Congress, APC-led government and not Buhari.

Shettima was responding to Buhari’s insistence that he was in charge of his government and not his Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari as widely speculated.

In a statement forwarded to DAILY POST on Friday through his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, Buhari had warned that there cannot be anyone too powerful for him to control.

“The President is in absolute control of his government. The media should stop attributing non-existent powers to some people. There cannot be anyone too powerful for President Buhari to control,” the statement had read.

However, Shettima disagreed with the declaration of the president.

According to Shettima: “I totally disagree with Buhari, from the day this present cabinet was formed and Buhari asked his ministers to report to his Chief of Staff, I knew he’s not in charge of this government.

“What do you expect when they choose to tell Buhari what he wants to hear and deprive him of what he is supposed to know?

“They keep him where he just signs papers without even inspecting the documents, something is wrong somewhere.

“It’s high time patriotic Nigerians all came together, irrespective of where we come from and protect our democracy because it has been threatened.”

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