President Muhammadu Buhari has dragged political rival Omoyele Sowore to court for “planning to commit treason”.
Sowore was arrested alongside four other men after they stormed the streets of Abuja on New Year’s Eve to hold a “crossover protest”.
The other suspects are Juwon Sanyaolu, Damilare Adenola, Peter and Kimrere.
The Buhari government arraigned them at the Magistrate Court in Wuse Zone 2, Abuja, on Monday.
The government is accusing them of conspiracy to commit treason, money laundering, insulting the president, among others.
Sowore was the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) in the 2019 general election which he, and other politicians, lost to President Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Sowore was later arrested after leading a Revolution Now protest to “demand for good governance” in the light of what he called Buhari’s failure to better the lives of Nigerians.
He was granted bail after the US intervened but had his movement restricted to Abuja. Sowore and his colleagues were, again, arrested during a protest on December 31, 2020.
His fans say the government will use trumped-up chargers to detain him for between 45 to 90 days.
“He committed no crime,” one said. “He was simply arrested and taken to court for going out like everyone else”.