Justice Ojukwu dumps Sowore’s treason case, trial to start afresh
The presiding Judge at the Federal High Court, Abuja, in the matter of the publisher of SaharaReporters, Omoyele Sowore, and Olawale Bakare, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu has abandoned the treason case forcing the trial to a fresh start.
Justice Ojukwu, who was transferred to Calabar, informed the Chief Judge of the Court, Justice John Tsoho, that she would no longer preside over Sowore’s case.
ElombahNews gathered that the case marked: FHC/ABJ/CR/235/19, will have to start afresh for a second time.
Previously, two other judges refused to take up Sowore’s case citing its sensitive nature.
Recall that the Department of State Services (DSS) had arraigned Sowore and Bakare for treasonable felony for organising the ‘Revolution Now’ protest on August 5, 2019, before Justice Ojukwu.
The judge granted Sowore and Bakare bail but the DSS later re-arrested Sowore inside the court after releasing him.
Sowore and his co-defendant were, however, later released following nationwide condemnation.
The duo of Sowore and Bakare were later re-arraigned after the matter was taken over in February, 2020, by the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation who amended the charges.
Justice Tsoho is yet to re-assign the case, it was gathered.