Court grants Sowore N20m bail


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A Chief Magistrates Court in Wuse 2, Abuja, has granted the Publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore bail in the sum of N20 million with two sureties in like sum.

The Herald had earlier reported that Sowore and four other defendants – Juwon Sanyaolu, Peter Williams, Emmanuel Bulus, and Damilare Adenola – were being prosecuted by the police over alleged unlawful assembly, criminal conspiracy, and inciting public disturbance.

Ruling on their bail applications on Monday, Chief Magistrate Mabel Segun-Bello granted Sowore bail in the sum of N20 million with two sureties in like sum.

The Chief Magistrate also ruled that one of the sureties must be a civil servant not below Grade Level 12.

The court further ruled that Sowore must 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.

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Sowore was arrested alongside the four protesters during a #CrossOverProtest held on New Year’s Day in Abuja.

Before the protest, Sowore had taken to Twitter to write: “How about a crossover protest/uprising tonight? Anyone willing to participate? Pick up a candle and a placard showing your grievances against the regime; let’s upload our short videos and photos across our social media platforms. Let’s welcome the regime to a resolute 2021!

“#CrossoverWithProtest against tyrant @mbuhari’s regime, candlelight for #LekkiMassacre; a placard for #EndBadGovernment; procession to usher in #Revolutionary 2021, a fist for victims of repression-frozen bank accounts, malicious prosecution and detention of #Endsars activists.

“#Crossoverwithprotest starts at 11.30 till 12.30 am across Nigeria, a candle, a placard and fireworks to usher in a RESOLUTE 2021 in Nigeria! Join with your friends and neighbours ‪#EndSARS. ‪#ObigboMassacre ‪#LekkiMassacre ‪#EndBadGoveranceInNigeria ‪#BuhariTrainwreck ‪#RevolutionNow,”

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