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#RevolutionNow protest: DSS rearrests Sowore’s co-defendant in Osogbo

#RevolutionNow protest: DSS rearrests Sowore’s co-defendant in Osogbo
August 05
13:54 2020

Olawale Bakare, co-defendant standing trial alongside Omoyele Sowore, has been rearrested by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) in Osogbo.

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Bakare was first arrested on August 5, 2019, in Osogbo during the #RevolutionNow protest organised by Sowore.

Sowore was also arrested and detained on August 4, 2019.

Bakare and Sowore were arraigned in Abuja on charges of terrorism.

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On October 4, 2019, Ijeoma Ojukwu, a federal high court judge, granted Bakare a N50 million bail.

On Tuesday, conveners of the protest had announced details of a mass action, including convergence points in 10 different states across the nation.

At the commencement of the protest on Wednesday, Bakare led other members of #RevolutionNow to Olaiya area of Osogbo where they planned to address journalists.

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The protesters were addressing police officers at the scene about their mission when operatives of the DSS arrived and arrested Bakare.

Some other protesters yet to be identified were also arrested while others fled the scene.

Meanwhile, in Abuja, many protesters have also been arrested by security operatives.

Sowore had called for the demonstration against “bad governance and corruption” in the Buhari administration.

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But he is not participating in the protest owing to a court order preventing him from joining mass gatherings — a part of his bail condition after he had spent over 130 days in detention.

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