- Omoyele Sowore, presidential candidate of the African Action Congress in the 2019 general election, has been granted a N100 million bail by a Federal High Court
- During court proceeding on Friday, October 4, the counsel to Sowore, Femi Femi Falana says the argument that his client will jump bail because he resides in the United States does not hold water
- The counsel says by virtue of section 36 of the Nigerian constitution, Sowore is innocent until proven guilty
- The court says the complainant has not been able to prove that the applicant will jump bail or would interfere with his trial
A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Friday, October 4, granted a N100 million bail to the publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore.
The court in its ruling said the complainant has not been able to prove that the applicant will jump bail or will interfere with his trial.
Filling out the bail condition for Sowore, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu, said the publisher would produce two sureties - in like sum - who are owners of landed property within the court's jurisdiction.
Sowore is also expected to deposit his travel passport to the court till the end of his trial and is not allowed to travel out of the Federal Capital Territory throughout his trial period.
Throughout his trial, he is also not permitted to address the press and defying any of the condition will give room for the court to make necessary decisions.
In the same vein, the second defendant on the matter, Olawale Bakare, is landed a N50 million bail with one surety in like sum.
Bakare would also deposit his travel passport with the court registrar and is not allowed to travel out of the FCT throughout his trial.
The court also adjourned the matter to November 6,7 and 8, for commencement of trial
Justice Ojukwu further ruled that the defendants be remanded in prison custody pending fulfillment of the bail conditions.
However, reacting to the court's ruling, the defence counsel, Femi Falana, describing the bail conditions as stringent, prayed the court to make a ruling allowing the defendants to remain in the custody of the Department of State Services.
After hearing from both parties, the court made a ruling mandating that the defendants remain in the DSS custody until the bail conditions are perfected.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Department of State Services (DSS) said it was untrue that Omoyele Sowore and his co-defendant were not allowed access to their lawyers.
The DSS denial followed an allegation by A. Olumide, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) who is holding brief for Femi Falana, Sowore's counsel, that the defendants were not allowed access to their lawyers prior to their arraignment on Monday, September 30.
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