I never planned a coup – Sowore

Omoyele Sowore, convener of the RevolutionNow protest and publisher of Sahara Reporters on Tuesday made firm rebuttal to the allegation leveled against him by the Department of State Services that he had met with foreign collaborators in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates as well as other countries in a bid to strategise on how to overthrow the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

He further debunked the agency’s allegation that he had received ”millions of dollars” from the collaborators in a bid to sponsor widespread attacks on Nigeria and its government.

He added that he had willingly furnished the agency with details of his bank accounts in a bid to clear his name.

He added that he had never planned a coup as claimed by the DSS but only mobilised Nigerians to  “to address the crises of corruption, maladministration, mismanagement of the economy and insecurity”.

You will recall that the activist has been in the DSS custody since August 2 after he was arrested in his hotel apartment.

He made the rebuttals in a ”further affidavit” he filed on Tuesday before the Federal High Court in Abuja to support his motion which sought to challenge the order for his detention which was issued by the court at the prompting of the DSS on August 8.

According to reports, the ‘further affidavit’ was deposed to on his behalf by one of his lawyers, Mr Marshall Abubakar.

Abubakar of Femi Falana’s law firm noted that Sowore never planned a coup, but only “mobilised the Nigerian populace which included students and youths, workers, market women and other oppressed people to influence the Federal government, the 36 state governments and 774 local governments to address the crises of corruption, and insecurity.”

Source: Punch

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