- Part of the conditions stipulated as part of Sowore’s bail condition was that the surety must be resident in Abuja.
- Sowore hadaccused the cleric of engaging in extra-marital affairs with Stephanie Otobo.
The legal team of #RevolutionNow protest convener, Omoyele Sowore, has rejected a possible offer by President, Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide, Apostle Johnson Suleman, to stand surety for the detained activist.
iDONSABI reports that the popular pastor had in a tweet expressed concerns over SaharaReporters publisher. He had said though Sowore had hurt many people in the past — including Suleman himself, he is of the opinion that he should not be allowed to “rot where he is.”
Reacting to his tweet, one of Sowore’s lawyers, Inibehe Effiong, in a phone interview with Punch said Suleman was not eligible to stand surety for the detained activist.
It could be recalled that part of the conditions stipulated as part of Sowore’s bail condition was that the surety must be resident in Abuja. He added that the cleric had been involved in a public spat with Sowore and therefore, there was conflict of interest.
He also noted that the challenge Sowore has been facing was that the Federal Government had seriously politicised the matter thereby discouraging people from standing surety for his client. Effiong, however, remains confident that the activist would meet his bail conditions soon.
“His (Suleman’s) offer cannot be considered let alone accepted. The man who is making the offer is on record of having had a public altercation with Sowore. So, there will be no basis for Sowore to consider it.
“The court stated that the surety must be resident in Abuja and the last time I checked, he was not resident in Abuja. So, I am not sure he is eligible to stand surety for him. So there is no way Sowore can accept such an offer.
“So, we are turning it down and we are not even considering it. The way the Federal Government politicised the matter, made it difficult for the bail conditions to be met. But we are in the process of perfecting the bail.”
It could be recalled that Sowore had in a report published through his platform, accused the cleric of engaging in extra-marital affairs with a woman known as Stephanie Otobo.