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After 52 days in prison, court grants Sowore bail

After 52 days in prison, court grants Sowore bail

At last, activist and publisher of SaharaReporters, Omoyele Sowore has been granted bail after spending 52 days in prison.

The Federal High Court Abuja under Justice Taiwo Taiwo ordered the Department of State Service (DSS) to release Omoyele Sowore on bail. 

The judge gave the ruling after listening to the argument of Sowore’s lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) and the prosecuting counsel.

Part of bail conditions for Sowore’s freedom was for him to drop his passport with the court within 48 hours.

At the hearing, Tuesday, Falana insisted that order of 45 days granted to DSS should be vacated since there is no renewal and therefore asked for the release of the respondent in line with section 35 of the constitution.

Falana further remind the court that there is no bail application before the court. Filling of information cannot metamorphose into a remand order.

The counsel urged the court to discountenance the prayer by the prosecution for misleading the court that the respondent is facing a capital offence. That insulting the President is not a capital offence. 

Falana also referred the court to the case of MKO Abiola 1995 vs FG where the appellant was charged with treasonable felony and the court granted him bail even on self recognition.

The senior advocate said he was also charged with treasonable felony and Justice Taiwo Taiwo was the one who defended him and he was granted bail.

 He then told the court that since the detention order has expired and application for renewal has been withdrawn, the court should make a consequential order and release Sowore. “If the court wants him and I will produce him ,” Falana said of Sowore.

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