Other News / Science & Tech - 2019-10-11 07:15:49
The founder of African investigative digital media site Sahara Reporters Omoyele Sowore remains detained in Nigeria on charges including treason, his wife Opeyemi Sowore told TechCrunch.
Her husband founded Sahara Reporters to create and aggregate news content, social media tips and self-digital reporting toward exposing corruption in Africa and his home country of Nigeria.
After being jailed and beaten several times for his journalistic work in Nigeria, Sowore re-located to New York City and formed Sahara Reporters in Manhattan in 2006 to report under U.S. legal protections.
Several outlets, including Reuters, reported his arrest in August 2019. According to Opeyemi Sowore — who lives in New Jersey — her husband was detained in Lagos on August 3rd. He was then transferred to Nigeria’s capital, Abuja.
Per social media and press reporting, Omoyele Sowore (who goes by Sowore), was participating in the #RevolutionNow movement calling for peaceful demonstration against bad governance in Nigeria.
After several hearings, he is still being held in Abuja, his wife said.
According to a copy of his court charging document obtained by TechCrunch, Sowore is charged with two counts of conspiring to stage a revolution and to remove from office Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhar...