Omoyele Sowore, NJ journalist held in Nigeria, set to go on trial

Omoyele Sowore’s family and friends are hoping the Haworth resident will come back to New Jersey soon.

The journalist is standing trial beginning Wednesday in his home country of Nigeria on charges that followed his Aug. 3 arrest while he was organizing a peaceful pro-democracy protest. 

He has pleaded not guilty to the charges, which include organizing a protest, insulting Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and transferring U.S. money to a Nigerian account. 

Sowore is the founder of Sahara Reporters, a pro-democracy, anti-corruption online news service that has been critical of the Nigerian government.

Since his August arrest, he has been held in a prison in Nigeria’s largest city, Lagos.

The requirements of his bail, set at $829,000, prevent Sowore from talking to the press. 

During his time in prison, his wife, Opeyemi, and their two children have received support from their Haworth neighbors, who helped organize an event on Oct. 28 near Borough Hall calling for his safe release and return to the U.S. 

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