Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, with some topmost personalities in civil activism have joined at the Federal High Court in Abuja for solidarity with Sahara Reporters publisher, Omoyele Sowore, who is being prosecuted for organising a nationwide protest called #RevolutionNow.

Soyinka arrived the court ahead of the proceedings planned which began 9 am on Wednesday.

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Others including a former senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani later joined him.

Sani, an activist, who exchanged greetings with Soyinka, later took a seat behind him.

A former Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, Prof. Chidi Odinkalu, and another activist, Deji Adeyanju, later arrived.

The court had yet to commence sitting as of the time of this publication on Wednesday.

The Department of State Services had in August 2019 arrested Sowore and his codefendant, Olawale Bakare, in respect of the protest.

They were subsequently charged with a treasonable felony for allegedly planning to upset the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, among other counts including abusing the President.

Sowore and co-defendant were held in custody for over four months until domestic and international pressure were intensified on the government which forced them to release the two alongside Sambo Dansuki a day to Christmas

Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu had set Tuesday commence the trial but had to adjourn till Wednesday due to her official assignment somewhere else.