The police have arraigned five people and a lawyer over the “RevolutionNow” protests in Lagos on Monday.
They were arraigned at an Ebute Meta chief magistrate’s court in Lagos. Those arrested were identified as: Ehis Omoshomio, 35; Gabriel Ojumah, 51; Juwon Sanyaolu; 22; Stanley Anobi, 28; Elias Ozikpu, 30; Kenechukwu Ukachukwu, 25.
They were charged with two counts of unlawful assembly and conduct likely to cause a breach of peace.
The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Ibijoke Akinpelu, counsel from the state criminal intelligence and information department, Panti, and Kehinde Omisakin, the resident prosecutor, said the defendants committed the offence on August 5, at 10 am, at the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.
Akinpelu alleged that the six defendants assembled at the stadium to protest, saying the gathering was unlawful and caused fear among people.
He said the offence contravened the provisions of sections 44 and 168(d) of the criminal law of Lagos state, 2015.
A.O. Komolafe, chief magistrate, admitted Ojumah, a lawyer, to bail based on self-recognition and the other five defendants N100,000 each with two sureties each in like sum.
Komolafe adjourned the case till September 26 for mention.
Omoyele Sowore, presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) in the 2019 elections, was arrested by operatives of the Department of State Service (DSS) on Saturday following his call for a protest “against bad governance in Nigeria”.
But some Nigerians had converged on public places to stage protests and demand the release of Sowore.