The Federal government of Nigeria is set to re-arraigne RevolutionNow convener, Omoyele Sowore on a two-count charge of treasonable felony.
Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare, his co-defendant, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
On Thursday, Aminu Alilu, the prosecution counsel, at the court asked that the previous seven-count charge, which was filed in September 2019, be substituted with an amended charge. In the new charge, the offences which bordered on fraud, cyber-stalking and of insulting the president were removed.
The prosecutor; Alilu informed the court that the office of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) has taken over the prosecution of the case and has filed fresh and amended charges, Channels Tv reported.
According to The Cable, the government accused them of staging “a revolution campaign on 5th day of August 2019, tagged #RevolutionNow” aimed at removing the president during his term in office by unconstitutional means.
But Abdul Mahmud, counsel to the defendants, told the court they cannot proceed with the trial because the prosecution was yet to comply with the order directing it to provide statements of the witnesses it intends to call, even though the prosecution counsel informed the court of the presence of the first witness whom he said was ready to give evidence
He said only the summarised statements of witnesses were served on them.
“We were served with summary statements of Moses Amadi, Usman Bafa, Paul Okafor (technical video engineer) and Paul Clement (financial analyst/investigator),” he said.
Aliyu requested for two weeks to enable him to serve the necessary evidence on the defence team. He also informed the court that the N200,000 cost awarded against the prosecution has been paid to the defence team.
The payment was also confirmed by Mahmud.
The judge, Ijeoma Ojukwu, adjourned the case till March 11, 12, 13 for trial.