Court Reviews Sowore, Bakare’s Bail Conditions

* Convener of #RevolutionNow protest ,Omoyele Sowore


A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja and presided over by Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu, today varied the bail conditions for the Publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare, in their treasonable felony pre-trial.

Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu, who granted the review was shocked that a man of Sowore’s calibre does not have anyone to deposit N50 million.

She had earlier granted a N100 million bail to Sowore with two sureties, who must be resident in Abuja and have landed property within the Federal Capital Territory(FCT)

The court reduced Sowore bail terms from N100 million bail to N50 million and removed N50 million security deposits.

The court also reviewed Bakare’s from N50 million bail to N20 million.

Recalled Sowore and Bakare ere arraigned on charges of treasonable felony, among others.

They were both granted bail on October 4,2019 but few days after the court granted them stringent bail conditions, they were still in custody due to their inability to meet the bail conditions.

Following the development, both defendants filed a motion seeking a variation of the bail conditions to those which they could readily meet.

Justice Ojukwu had also barred them from participating in any form of protest pending the conclusion of their trial.

The judge also ordered him (Sowore) to deposit N50 million in the account of the court as security.

She granted Bakare bail at N50 million with a surety in the same amount and barred him from travelling out of his base in Osogbo, except while coming for the trial in Abuja.

The sureties, the judge ruled must only be resident in Abuja, but must also have landed assets worth the bail sum in Abuja and should deposit the original title documents of the assets with the court.

Justice Ojukwu ordered that Sowore and Bakare be remanded in the custody of the Department of State Service (DSS) pending when they meet the bail conditions.

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