Wole Soyinka, Africa’s first Nobel laureate, has appeared in court in solidarity with the convener of #RevolutionNow Protest, Omoyele Sowore who is being tried for treason by the Muhammadu Buhari regime.
Also at Abuja High Court, Wednesday, February 12, 2020, were also Chidi Odinkalu, a former chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, Deji Adeyanju, a political activist, and Shehu Sani, a former senator and human rights activist.
Sowore and co-defendant, Olawale Bakare, are facing trial over charges of a treasonable felony for organising the revolution now protest on August 5, 2019, which the government saw as an attempt to disrupt peace in the country.
The trial was stalled yesterday due to the absence of the presiding judge, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu. It was subsequently adjourned till February 12.
Sowore was arrested on August 3, 2019, by the Department of State Services (DSS) and was in custody until December 24, 2019, when he was eventually released on the orders of the Attorney General of the Federation who directed the DSS to comply with the orders of the court which granted him bail.