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#RevolutionNow: Buhari’s Government Won’t Be Stupid To Charge Sowore With Treason – Falana

Valentine Chinyem



Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana has said the says President Muhammadu Buhari led government will be stupid to charge the convener of #RevolutionNow, Omoyele Sowore, with a treasonable felony.

Sowore, was arrested in the early hours of Saturday from his hotel in Lagos by the Department of State Services (DSS).

At an event covered by PlusTV Africa, the human rights lawyer said Sowore had not run foul of any law for calling for a revolution.

He said, “Meanwhile, the man who is accused of causing a revolution is in detention and many Nigerians have asked me: ‘But Femi, that young man went too far. How can you be calling for a revolution?’ and I said, “where is the offence? Under what section? Treason? Under what section of the criminal code?

“I do hope that the government will not charge him. The government will not be stupid enough to charge Sowore.

“He has briefed me. In fairness to the SSS, when he told them, I won’t make any statement unless I have spoken to my lawyer and they said ‘who is your lawyer?’ he said ‘Femi Falana’. In fairness to them, they asked him to phone me. They gave him a phone.

“I knew they were monitoring the phone and I told him, I hope they won’t charge you but if they do some of the people in government will be our witnesses. one of them, I won’t mention his name, in 2011, asked Nigerians to learn from the Egyptian revolution and be ready for a revolution in Nigeria. So, he will be my first witness.

Narrated how he and Gani Fawehimi, the late human rights lawyer and activist, were charged with a treasonable felony by the Ibrahim Babangida regime, Falana said, those in power who are harassing citizens with treason, will one day be charged with the same offence.

“Those who are in power now, harassing Nigerians with treason – because there is no statute of limitation– some of them will be tried one day for treason,” he said.