Court Reviews Sowore’s Bail Condition, Waives N50 Million Security Deposit

Court Reviews Sowore’s Bail Condition, Waives N50 Million Security Deposit

By Bayo Adegbite | Politics Reporter on October 22, 2019
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Omoyele Sowore
Omoyele Sowore

A Federal High Court in Abuja has agreed to the request by the convener of #RevolutionNow, Omoyele Sowore and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare for the variation of the conditions attached to the bail earlier granted them.

The court had on October 4, 2019, this year granted them bail on certain conditions, which they considered stringent and which they could not meet, prompting them to apply to the court for variation.

In a ruling on Monday, Ijeoma Ojukwu, the presiding judge waived the earlier requirement that one of Sowore’s deposits N50 million as security and reduced the amount attached to Bakare’s bail from N50 million to N30 million.

Justice Ojukwu said all other conditions should remain. She said the decision to restrain the defendants from participating in rallies was in order in view of the nature of the case.

She adjourned till November 6 for the commencement of trial in the case, in which Sowore and Bakare are charged with among others, a treasonable felony.

The judge in a ruling on October 4, 2019, granted Sowore bail at N100 million and two sureties in the same amount and barred him from travelling out of Abuja.

Ojukwu ordered one of Sowore’s surety to deposit N50 million in the account of the court as security.

She granted Bakare bail at N50 million with a surety in the same amount and barred him from traveling out of his base in Osogbo, except while coming for the trial in Abuja.

The judge added that the sureties, who must be resident in Abuja, must also have landed assets worth the bail sum in Abuja, and should deposit the original title documents of the assets with the court.

Ojukwu ordered that the defendants be remanded in the custody of the Department of State Service, DSS, pending when they are able to meet the bail conditions.

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