#RevolutionNow: Court Grants Sowore, Bakare N150m Bail

Convener of #RevolutionNow Protest, Mr Omoyele Sowore, at the Federal High Court in Abuja on September 30, 2019. Image credit: Channels TV

The Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday granted bail of N150m to the convener of #RevolutionNow protest, Omoyele Sowore, and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare.

Concise News understands that the presiding judge, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu, granted bail to Sowore in the sum of N100m with two sureties in like sum.

The judge ordered Sowore to deposit the sum of N50m in the account of the court as security.

Justice Ojukwu also granted bail to the second defendant in the sum of N50m with one surety.

She said the sureties must be resident in Abuja, must also have landed assets worth the bail sum in the nation’s capital, and they are to deposit the original title documents of the assets with the court.

The judge also barred them from addressing any rally pending the conclusion of their trial on charges of treasonable felony among others.

Sowore was barred from traveling out of Abuja and the second defendant out of Osogbo, during the trial.

Reacting to the ruling, the defendants’ lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), said the bail conditions were stringent.

Justice Okukwu had earlier shifted the hearing till afternoon after an initial request to stand down the bail application hearing.

When the matter was called on Friday morning, Falana asked the court for a stand-down to enable him write a response to the counter affidavit served by the prosecutors.

The aforementioned defendants were arraigned by the Federal Government on seven charges bordering on alleged conspiracy to commit treason and money laundering among others.

This news medium had reported that the two were brought to the court by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS), also known as the State Security Service (SSS).

But Sowore and Bakare pleaded not guilty to all the charges against them.

While Falana argued for the defendants, Hassan Liman, another SAN, led the prosecution’s legal team to argue against the bail application.

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Olugbenga Ige is an alumnus of the prestigious Adekunle Ajasin University, Ondo State and The Polytechnic, Ibadan. Gbenga is an experienced reporter at Concise News, a new media enthusiast, and fine-grained media influencer.

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