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Court grants Sowore N20m bail, four others N1m each

NEWSMAN, Abuja – A Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Wuse Zone 2, Abuja, has granted bail to Sahara Reporters’ publisher, Omoyele Sowore, convener of the Revolution Now Movement, in the sum of N20 million.

Sowore, Peter Williams, Sanyaolu Juwon, Emmanuel Bulus and Damilare Adenola were arrested on New Year’s eve during a procession organised and led by Sowore.

The Four other activists, who were arrested with Sowore on New Year’s Eve in Abuja for holding a protest against bad governance, were also granted bail in the sum of N1m each.

They are standing trial for alleged unlawful assembly, criminal conspiracy, and inciting public disturbance.

Chief Magistrate Mabel Segun-Bello while ruling on the bail application on Monday filed admitted Sowore to bail in the sum of N20million and two sureties in like sum.

The court also ordered Sowore to remain in Abuja and must physically report to the court registrar every Monday and Friday pending the hearing and determination of the case against him.

The court further ordered that one of his sureties must be a civil servant not below grade level 12.

Reacting to the ruling, Sowore said the bail conditions are too stringent.

He said the bail sum is too high for a civil servant to have, adding that no civil servant would want to risk his or her job. He thanked his supporters for standing by him, The Cable reported.

Mabel Segun-Bello, the magistrate, had ordered that they be remanded at the Kuje correctional centre, but last Tuesday, they were transferred to the Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (FCIID) after Sowore reported that they were denied access to healthcare, food, and water.

Marshal Abubakar, counsel to the defendants, while moving the application for bail, asked the court to grant bail to his clients “on self recognisance or in the alternative, grant bail in the most liberal terms”.

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