Drama ensued at a Magistrate’s court sitting in Wuse Zone 2, Abuja, on Tuesday when Omoyele Sowore, the convener of the #RevolutionNow movement, appeared with an African traditional priest, popularly known in local parlance as “native doctor” or “Babalawo”, for his trial.
The male individual adorned a full ‘babalawo’ regalia; a knee-length robe with red and black stripes embellished with white cowries, a matching cap, as well as holding snail shells and little calabashes.
The ‘babalawo’ also had the head of a cat hanging down his neck.
Court activities were initially set back following the appearance of the individual.
According to Sowore, the traditional priest came to the court as a Nigerian to show his support for him.
Sowore and four others are standing trial on a three-count charge bordering on conspiracy, unlawful assembly, and incitement.
The Sahara Reporters’ publisher had in a Twitter post called for a crossover protest on December 31, 2020, asking Nigerians to pick up a candle and a placard showing their grievances against the Muhammadu Buhari administration.
He and others later staged a protest, an action that led to their arrest by security operatives.
See below photos of the “native doctor” in court as shared by Sowore on his Twitter account: