Sowore’s Trial Resumes Wednesday

Sowore’s Trial Resumes Wednesday

By Wires Editor | The Trent on February 11, 2020
Publisher of Sahara Reporters Omoyele Sowore arrives at the Federal High Court in Abuja, Nigeria Sept. 30, 2019. | Kola Sulaimon/AFP/Getty Images

Hearing in the trial against Revolution Now convener, Omoyele Sowore, would continue at the Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday, February 12, 2020.

Ijeoma Ojukwu, the presiding judge had on  December 6, 2019, adjourned the matter to the 11th, 12th and 13th of February 2020for definite hearing.

But the court did not sit on Tuesday, February 11, 2020, because Justice Ojukwu was sitting outside the division.

Sowore and co-defendant, Olawale Bakare, are facing trial over charges of a treasonable felony for organizing the Revolution Now protest on August 5, which the government saw as an attempt to disrupt peace in the country.

He was arrested on August 3, 2019, by the Department of State Services, DSS, and was in custody until December 5, 2019, despite court orders to be released on bail.

In November, the DSS had acknowledged receipt of the order but said the reason for still keeping him was that the appropriate sureties had not come for them.

But following order of Justice Ojukwu on December 5, 2019, that the Sowore and Bakare be released under 24 hours and a cost of N100, 000 awarded against the DSS, the duo were released at about 5 pm on the same day.

However, after his appearance in court the following day, December 6, 2019, he was rearrested by the DSS on fresh charges.

Abubakar Malami, the attorney general of the Federation, AGF, on December 13, 2019, took over the prosecution of Sowore’s case from the DSS.

Sowore was released on bail on December 24, 2019, following a directive of the AGF.

Hattip to The Sun


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