Sowore, Bakare Still in Detention As They Fail to Meet Bail Conditions
Owner of SaharaReporgters, Omoyele Sowore, and co-defendant, Olawale Bakare, are yet to perfect the bail granted them on by a Federal High Court in Abuja.
They are charged with treasonable felony, among others. Sowore was picked by the Department of State Services (DSS)over the plan to convene a protest tagged #RevolutionNow. They were both granted bail on October 4, 2019 Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu, but attached conditions which his lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), described as stringent.
It was gathered that both men were still in the custody of the DSS where they are being held.
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According to the Nation, their lawyers were planning to return to court with an application to request for a reduction in the bail conditions to those which the defendants could readily meet. The judge granted Sowore bail at N100million and two sureties in the same amount barred him from traveling out of Abuja while Bakare was granted bail at N50million with a surety in the same amount and barred him from traveling out of his base in Osogbo, except while coming for the trial in Abuja.
Recall that Justice Ojukwu while granting them bail, also barred them from participating in any form of protest pending the conclusion of their trial.
Sowore was also ordered the activist to deposit N50m in the account of the court as security.
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The judge further ruled that the sureties, who must be resident in Abuja, 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 the defendants be remanded in the custody of the DSS pending when they are able to meet the bail conditions.