Following the detension of the the Convener of the #RevolutionNow protest, by the Department of State Services, and the rejection of his earlier bail application, Omoyele Sowore has been said to have filed a new bail application at the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja.
Sowore who is the SaharaReporters publisher and presidential candidate of the African Action Congress in the last February 2019 election, had been detained by the Department of State Service on the allegation that he planned to topple the President Buhari Government through protest.
He however denied this allegation, stating that he only intended a peaceful protest against bad governance and thereafter challenged the detension order issued by Judge Taiwo Taiwo on August 8 by a bail application which failed.
According to the Punch, the affidavit which was filed by the applicant in support of the application stated in part,
“That the applicant (Sowore) herein has never been charged with any criminal offence whatsoever.
“That the Nigeria police also conducted investigation on the matter and made its findings public.
“That the persons who participated in the protests of August 5, 2019, were charged with the offence of unlawful assembly at the Magistrates’ Court in Ebute Meta, Lagos State, Osogbo in Osun State and Calabar (Cross River).
“That on the August 9, 2019, the applicant filed an application to set aside, discharge and/or vacate the said ex parte order permitting his detention for 45 days to enable it to conclude investigations.
On August 9, 2018, Sowore, through his lead counsel, Mr Femi Falana (SAN), filed a motion challenging the detention order.
Marshal Abubakar, one of Sowores lawyer, deposed to the affidavit filed in support of the application, praying the court grant bail to Sowore in liberal terms.
He also deposed amongst others;
“That no criminal charge whatsoever has been brought against the applicant herein.
“That the applicant undertakes not to interfere with the investigation of this case or make contacts with the witnesses of the respondent.”