- Omoyele Sowore has pleaded not guilty to the charge of treasonable felony levelled against him by the SSS
- The Sahara Reporters' publisher pleaded alongside his co-defendant Olawale Bakare
- The defence counsel also accused the prosecutor had only served on the defence a summary statement of the four witnesses
The publisher of Sahara Reporters and the convener of the controversial #RevolutionNow protest, Omoyele Sowore, on Thursday, February 13, pleaded not guilty to a two-count charge of treasonable felony levelled against him.
Sowore alongside his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare, pleaded not guilty to allegations of conspiracy to commit treasonable felony and treasonable felony before Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court in Abuja.
Channels Television reports that at the commencement of the trial, the prosecuting counsel, Kayode Alilu, announced his presence for the State Security Services (SSS) while Abdul Mahmud led the defence team.
However, upon Alilu's announcement, Mahmud in an objection said the witnesses in the trial are yet to be served the defence.
Mahmud said the prosecutor had only served on the defence a summary statement of the four witnesses.
He further insisted that the defence be served with the full statements from the witnesses expected to appear during the trial.
The defence counsel also said that since the prosecutor has his evidence on tape, he would like to be provided with the tape which should also be played before an open court.
In his objection, the prosecutor said he will need two weeks to provide a DVD player to present the evidence to the defence.
Having heard the submissions made by the parties involved in the matter, Justice Ojukwu, adjourned the case to Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, March 11, 12, and 13 for definite trial.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the court had ordered the SSS to pay the sum of N200,000 as damages to Sowore.
The money, the court said will serve as damages over unwarranted adjournments.
The court made its pronouncement on Wednesday, February 12, as Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka and former Senator Shehu Sani were present to witness Sowore's trial.
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