The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has described the charges of treasonable felony and other counts filed against the detained Convener of #RevolutionNow Protest, Mr Omoyele Sowore, as a mockery of justice.
The group said this in a letter signed by its Deputy Director, Kolawole Oluwadare and addressed to the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abukabar Malami (SAN). The federal government had also charged Sowore for “insulting” President Muhammadu Buhari.
SERAP however described the government’s handling of the case as persecution and not prosecution, as well as a breach of the rule of law, freedom of expression and media freedom.
The group said that the politicization of Nigeria’s judiciary would jeopardize the independence of the judiciary and lower the public estimation of the ability of the justice system to serve as the last hope of justice for desperate victims. SERAP, therefore, asked the Justice Minister to without delay, discontinue the prosecution of Sowore.