The Department of State Services (DSS) formally filed charges Omoyele Sowore, convener of #RevolutionNow protest, on Thursday.
The secret police filed a five-count charge against Sowore.
The service is accusing the SaharaReporters publisher of causing insult to the person of President Muhammadu Buhari, money laundering and treason.
Sowore has been in detention since August 2. He was arrested on the eve of a nationwide protest which was scheduled to hold on August 5.
After his arrest, there was a crackdown on #RevolutionNow protesters by security agents around the country on the day the protest was scheduled to hold.
Following the news that Sowore was being charged for insulting the president, Nigerians took to social media to react.
After this sowore news, I no go ever insult buhari again, I no wan go jail abeg
— jesus lastborn🥰 (@Haywhy_O) September 21, 2019
Full dictatorship that's buhari for Nigerians… Can you imagine FG, Abba kyari and DSS accused him of insult…. That's why Sowore in the prison languishing?
Nigerians must have sense by force by fire 🔥
— Grace John❤ (@onyiforlife) September 21, 2019
It's now a crime to insult the president
One of the charges against Sowore is for insulting Buhari
With a rubber-stamp National Assembly, a bill may be passed to that effect
— Uche (@ubig1) September 21, 2019
I think I want to finally leave for Canada. Buhari charging sowore for insult and cyberstalking is uncalled for. It only proves that the country have a To-do list of misplaced priorities. Infact It’s verified that we dwell in a sick nation. please when is the next bus leaving .
— that✨ igbo💫 girl🌟 (@_jennyphar) September 21, 2019
When Goodluck Jonathan @GEJonathan heard that Sowore who was paid to insult him between 2011-2015 in Favour of Buhari is being charged for insulting Buhari. I don't want to interfere in a family matter abeg. 😂😂🤣#FreeSowore#FreeSoworeNow#BBNaija#VoiceOfTheDon pic.twitter.com/v662hZB5cO
— Emmanuel Emmanuel (@Manny_udoh_Jr) September 21, 2019
Sowore worked verywell for Buhari and Apc in 2015, he used his Sahara Reporter's platform to abuse, insult and drag former President Goodluck Jonathan but today He is a victim of the govt he assisted to power.
May your story never be like Sowore's case in Jesus name.
— Ameko Etim (@AmekoEtim) September 21, 2019
Insult is not a crime. It’s a personal issue; best you can do is sue for libel. We don’t have Lese Majeste law in Nigeria 🇳🇬 insulating the president from insults.
FG charges Sowore with treasonable felony, accuses him of insulting Buhari https://t.co/m5EyQdaYM0 via @MobilePunch
— Bolaji (@BolajiAremo) September 20, 2019
#FG charges Sowore with treasonable felony, accuses him of insulting Buhari https://t.co/P2hdZcu1ma via @MobilePunch. REALLY? FELONY & INSULTING @MBuhari ? WHICH SITTING GOVT DID @MBuhari NOT INSULT? HE EVEN THREATENED VIOLENCE IN GEJ’S ERA & WASN’T QUESTIONED BY SECURITY AGENTS.
— Bede Anunne (@bede_O) September 20, 2019
The federal government has charged Omoyele Sowore for “conspiracy to commit treason”. In the suit dated September 19, the government accused Sowore of granting an interview which purpose caused insult on the person of the president of the country.
— Ogundana Michael Rotimi (@MickeySunny) September 20, 2019
“…the government accused Sowore of granting an interview which purpose caused insult on the person of the president of the country.”
You guys are not alright inside that Villa. Seriously? Next thing may be accusing Buhari’s critics of blasphemy. 😂 https://t.co/dcwi3A8XVv
— Gimba Kakanda (@gimbakakanda) September 20, 2019
The number of insults Trump as received since becoming president of USA is way too much compared to what Sowore said to Bubu. And nobody was jailed,prosecuted nor arrested. This shows how backward and low our govt is.
— Adetilewa odunayo (@adetilewa_sodiq) September 21, 2019
On this Sowore case,
in as much as the @MBuhari is wrong in a sense,
It's safe to say that Sowore brought this on himself…
Not just by "insulting", but also by his past sins to @GEJonathan.
Sowore is just getting a taste of the seeds he has sown.
— Chibuoke O. ⚜️ (@chibo_okafor) September 21, 2019
Sowore is tired of the way the country is like the rest of us, he wants a change thats all he is saying.. is this not democracy again? But nitwits like u guys wants him jailed for no reason… No wonder Nigeria is the way it is
— That Unidentified Guy (@klose06222232) September 21, 2019
Sowore pleads guilty of all these charges, but before you jail him, prove to us that these actions are against the tenets of democracy!
Full blown dictatorship has really taken effect ! #RevolutionNow #FreeSoworeNow #FreeAllThePrisonersOfConscienceNow pic.twitter.com/YvJq1QcHl9
— Revolutionary MO (@officialmo_cas) September 21, 2019
In a nutshell.. sowore didn’t treaten or violate any direct constitution law. Buhari is using national assets to arrest a private citizen. Infringement! https://t.co/1Is1xXitMK
— #Obinna (@obytwic) September 21, 2019
Las las, we're heading towards Military Regime. If you talk, you die! You remain silent, you also die! Not all President will be like ex President @GEJonathan, i please for @YeleSowore unconditional release. Sowore wanted CHANGE! https://t.co/z5s0PqSSHp
— Mr Kay (@RealMrKay) September 21, 2019