#RevolutionNow: Bakare, Sowore’s Co-defendant, Arrives UK To Pursue Academic Programme

Olawale Bakare, a protester arrested in Osun State during the nationwide protest against bad governance in 2019, is now in the United Kingdom to pursue an academic programme.

Mr Bakare (also known as Mandate) was arrested in August 2019 and detained by the State Security Service (SSS) alongside the publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, for organising a protest tagged #RevolutionNow.

The detention of the two activists, despite court orders, generated opposition on the social media and was also condemned by local and international activists.

They were charged with treasonable felony, fraud and “for insulting President Muhammadu Buhari.”

For most of the period, they were detained despite being granted bail by the court.

While that protest called for better governance in Nigeria, the security agencies accused them of “planning to overthrow the government of Mr Buhari”.

They were later released on December 5, 2019 after condemnation by many. Mr Bakare was subsequently restricted to Osogbo, the Osun State capital.

In August 2020, Mr Bakare took to the social media to announce that he was offered admission to study law at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) in East Anglia, United Kingdom.

Mr Bakare called on Nigerians to support him with funds, so he could pay his tuition.

Written by Izuchukwu E.N

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