AAC Presidential Candidate Omoyele Sowore Arrives for Re-arraignment on Treason Charge

Omoyele Sowore’s Re-arraignment on Treason Charge

The presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), Omoyele Sowore, has made his way to the Federal High Court in Abuja for his re-arraignment on charges of treasonable felony.

The Nigerian Government has leveled this grave charge against the human rights activist, marking a pivotal moment in his legal battle.

Supporters Rally in Solidarity

Arriving at the court premises around 8:45 am, Omoyele Sowore was accompanied by a gathering of his supporters who came out in full force to express their solidarity.

The scene was a display of unwavering support for the presidential candidate as he faced this serious legal challenge.

Amnesty International Stands with Sowore

In a notable show of support, members of the renowned human rights organization, Amnesty International, were also present at the court.

They donned black T-shirts, symbolizing their endorsement of Sowore’s cause.

Amnesty International has declared Sowore a “prisoner of conscience,” condemning his arbitrary detention and unfair trials, all stemming from his exercise of the fundamental right to freedom of expression.

Legal Background of the Case

This re-arraignment comes after an earlier adjournment on July 5, 2023, when Justice Emeka Nwite of the Federal High Court in Abuja had postponed proceedings due to the absence of the co-defendant, Olawale Bakare.

Now, Omoyele Sowore is expected to enter his plea in response to the treasonable felony charge.

As the legal proceedings unfold, Sowore’s supporters, Amnesty International, and the international community will be closely monitoring the case.

It represents not only a critical moment for Sowore personally but also a broader test of the protection of fundamental rights and freedom of expression in Nigeria.

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