Court admits Sowore to bail at N20m

By Eric Ikhilae, Abuja

An Abuja Magistrates’ Court in Wuse Zone 2 has granted bail to the publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore bail at N20million.

Sowore and four others – Peter Williams, Sanyaolu Juwon, Emmanuel Bulus and Damilare Adenola – were arraigned before the court on January 4, 2021, on a three-count charge filed by the police, following which the court ordered their remand.

In a ruling on Monday, Magistrate Mabel Segun-Bello held that the defendants were entitled to bail, had not resisted arrest while being apprehended by the police.

Segun Mabel particularly ordered that the first defendant (Sowore) should be admitted to bail N20m with two sureties in like sum.

She added that one of the sureties must be a civil servant, not below Grade Level 12 in the federal civil service.

The Magistrate further ordered that Sowore must report physically to the Chief Registrar of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) or any other person designated by the Chief Registrar, every Monday and Friday mornings until the end of the case.

For the other four defendants, the Magistrates said they should be granted bail after endorsing a bond of N1m each.

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In addition, each of them is to produce one surety in like sum, who “must be resident in Abuja with an identifiable workplace and residential address”.

“All defendants must not travel outside Abuja metropolis or outside the country pending the determination of the case,” Segun-Bello said.

Sowore and others were arrested on New Year’s Eve over their involvement in a protest over the ban on crossover night activities.

They were arraigned on January 4, 2021, on a three-count charge bordering on conspiracy, unlawful assembly and public disturbance.

Following their plea of not guilty, Magistrate Segun-Bello ordered that they be remanded at the Kuje correctional centre, pending the hearing and determination of their bail applications.

After their appearance in court last Tuesday, the Magistrate ordered that they be transferred to the Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (FCIID) after Sowore complained that they were denied access to healthcare, food, and water.

Source: The Nation

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