The Department of State Services has disclosed why the detained publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, has not been released from its custody yet.
One of Sowore’s lawyers, Inibehe Effiong on his Twitter page, perfected his bail conditions. Effiong tweeted that the administrative processes about Sowore’s bail had been concluded and the release order for the detainee’s and Mandate had been signed by the Judge Hon. Justice Ojukwu.
Meanwhile, the SSS spokesperson, Peter Afunaya, said the service has not been informed by the judicial authorities or any legal representatives that the bail conditions have been met accordingly.
Afunaya said: “This not true. The SSS has not been informed by the judicial authorities or any legal representatives that the bail conditions have been met accordingly. The media shouldn’t allow itself to be used as agents of misinformation.”
Meanwhile, The Herald reported that former minister of education, Oby Ezekwesili, reacted to the new bail conditions granted to Omoyele Sowore.
Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on Friday granted N100 million bail to the convener of #RevolutionNow protest, sowore. The Justice also ruled that Sowore is to produce two sureties in like sum and a deposit of N50 million in the account of the court as security.
She insisted the sureties should be Abuja resident and also must also have landed property in Abuja worth the bail sum, and they are to deposit the original title documents of the assets with the court.
Justice Ijeoma barred Sowore from travelling out of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare, also from leaving Osogbo during the trial.
Mrs Ezekwesili said she hoped the Department of State Services (DSS) would honour the bail if the conditions are met, She expressed her concern through her twitter page.
She also accused the presidency of repression. “Hopefully the DSS under the supervision of the Presidency will honour this Bail and release them,” she said.