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Court places Sowore’s freedom, other on N150M

The Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja, has placed convener of young of Nigerians for revolution, Omoleye Sowore, freedom and that of co-defendant, Olawale Bakare, ,N150 million, after over 50 days in Department of State Security (DSS) detention.

Also, the Judge, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu, who presided over the case,  also ordered Sowore to produce two sureties in like sum.

Sowore’s crime, as claimed by Federal Government, bothered on seven counts charges of treasonable felony, cyber stalking and money laundering.

At the court on Friday, the Justice Ojukwu ordered that the sureties must be residents of Abuja with landed properties in Abuja worth the bail sum and that those who be would be standing for him should provide original title documents of the assets be deposited with the court.

The judge also ordered him to deposit the sum of N50 million in the account of the court as security and granted his co-defendant N50 million bail with one surety.

The Judge further barred the two defendants from addressing any rally pending the conclusion of the trial.

The barred Sowore from traveling out of Abuja and the second defendant out of Osogbo  pending conclusion of their trial.

The Counsel to the defendants, Femi Falana, SAN, described the bail conditions as stringent, adding that the defendants would make the necessary applications if unable to meet with the bail terms ordered by the court.

Justice Ojukwu denied Sowore bail on Sept. 30 ordering his counsel to file a formal bail application.

Sowore was arrested Aug. 3 for convening a nationwide protest, themed #RevolutionNow.

Justice Taiwo Taiwo on Sept. 24 ordered that Sowore’s International passport be submitted to the chief registrar of the court.

Recall that Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the same court had a few weeks ago ordered the release of Sowore after a detention order the judge issued against him elapsed.

Displeased with the order, the DSS re-arraigned him before Justice Ojukwu who had now granted him a fresh bail.

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