By Jonathan Ugbal
A Mobile Court in Lagos state has discharged and acquitted 19 members of the RevolutionNow movement arrested earlier today by men of the Nigerian Police Force.
Journalist and rights activist, Agba Jalingo facing trial for alleged acts of treasonable felony due to an article he wrote in July 2019, was among the defendants.
The charge preferred against them was conduct likely to cause breach of public peace which the defendants pleaded not guilty.
The defense included Adesina Ogunlana and Inibehe Effiong. They had made an oral application for bail.
But, the prosecution counsel immediately applied for the case to be withdrawn which the court granted with a caution to the defendants.
Dozens who joined the demonstrations nationwide convened by SaharaReporters founder, Omoyele Sowore, who is also facing trial alongside Olawale Bakare were also arrested.
However, sources say Nigeria’s secret police, the SSS is planning to obtain a court order to detain Mr. Bakare and six others for 14 days.
More details later…
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