Federal High Court Abuja Grants Bail To Omoyele Sowore
The Federal High Court in Abuja, on Friday, granted bail to the convener of #RevolutionNow protest, Mr. Omoyele Sowore.
Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu also barred him from addressing any rally pending the conclusion of his trial on charges of treasonable felony, among others.
She also barred Sowore from traveling out of Abuja, and the second defendant out of Osogbo, during the trial.
She granted bail to Sowore in the sum of N100m, with two sureties in like sum.
The sureties, who must be resident in Abuja, must also have landed assets worth the bail sum in Abuja, and they are to deposit the original title documents of the assets with the court.
The judge also ordered him to deposit the sum of N50m in the account of the court as security.
She granted bail to the second defendant in the sum of N50m, with one surety in like sum.
The defendants’ lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), has described the bail conditions as “stringent.”
The judge ordered that the defendants be remanded in the custody of the Department of State Service pending when they would meet the bail conditions.
Earlier before the trial judge granted him and his co-defendant, Mr Olawale Bakare bail, a crowd of supporters surrounded Sowore in the courtroom, accusing security operatives of intimidating him.
A hot argument ensued as Sowore, who was visibly angry said, “Nobody can harass me. Under the military, we survived it; we will survive this one too.”
“It doesn’t matter how long it takes, we must persevere and ensure that we liberate ourselves. We must not give up.
“I am in high spirit, I am not afraid, I don’t care what they do. We need a brand new country, that’s what I’m about,” he added.
Sowore and Bakare were arraigned on Monday by the Federal Government on seven charges before Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu.
The charges filed against Sowore and Bakare by the government are alleged conspiracy to commit treason and money laundering among others.
Both men have been granted bail in the sum of N150 million.
The court, however, gave them some conditions, including depositing their travel documents and their movement restricted to Abuja.