Human Rights

Court grants Sowore N20m bail over candlelight procession

Court grants Sowore N20m bail over candlelight procession


Rights activist, Omoyele Sowore has been grant bail to th tune of N20 million by the Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Wuse Zone 2 Abuja.

The court also added that Sowore must produce two sureties, one of whom must be a federal civil servant not below grade level 12.

The founder of popular online media, SaharaReporters and four others were arrested and brutalized by armed policemen on the crossover night, December 31, 2020, for organizing a candlelight procession to celebrate New Year at Gudu junction in Abuja. On Monday, January 4.

They were subsequently arraigned alongside on a three-count charge bordering on conspiracy, unlawful assembly and incitement.

The Chief Magistrate, Mabel Segun-Bello, while ruling on the bail application filed by the defendants lawyer, Marshal Abubakar, ruled that the sureties must reside in Abuja metropolis with landed properties and known addresses.

Also, the 2nd to 5th defendants were, however, admitted to bail in the sum of N1million and one surety in like sum.

According to the ruling, Sowore is also expected to physically report to the registrar of Federal Capital Territory High Court every Monday and Friday pending the determination of the case against him. He Is not expected to travel outside Abuja or the country.

The judge adjourned the matter to February 5, 2021, for trial.

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