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Court grants Sowore N20m bail, others to pay N1m each



A magistrate court in Wuse Zone 2, Abuja, has granted N20 million bail to Omoyele Sowore, convener of the Revolution Now Movement.

Sowore, Peter Williams, Sanyaolu Juwon, Emmanuel Bulus and Damilare Adenola were arrested on New Year’s eve during a procession organised and led by Sowore.

The police had arraigned the five persons last Monday on a three-count charge bordering on conspiracy, unlawful assembly, and incitement.

Mabel Segun-Bello, the magistrate, had ordered that they be remanded at the Kuje correctional centre.

But last Tuesday, they were transferred to the Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (FCIID) after Sowore reported that they were denied access to healthcare, food, and water.

Marshal Abubakar, counsel to the defendant, while moving the application for bail, asked the court to grant bail to his clients “on self recognisance or in the alternative, grant bail in the most liberal terms”.

However, the police had failed to produce Sowore and others in court on Friday, for their bail ruling, citing lack of vehicle to convey them.

Other defendants with Sowore are to pay the sum of N1 million naira for their bail.