The Police Command in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, on Friday, March 4, 2022, confirmed the arrest of one Abubakar Marshall, who stood as surety for Omoyele Sowore following his arrest over a defamation case.
Josephine Adeh, the Police public relations officer in the FCT, confirmed the arrest to journalists in Abuja.
Sowore, the publisher of Sahara Reporters, was arrested on February 24, following a petition of criminal defamation, injurious falsehood publication of news known to be false, against him.
His arrest followed a petition by former member, House of Representatives, Prince Ned Nwoko, through his lawyers, Trifold Law & Partners, against Sahara Reporters Foundation.
Adeh said Marshall stood as surety for Sowore after he was granted an administrative bail with a promise to produce him on February 25.
She said the surety was arrested and immediately charged to court following his failure to produce Sowore for investigation on an agreed date as he promised.
Adeh said Marshall’s arrest is in line with standard best practices.