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Sowore Fails To Meet Bail Conditions

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Freedom is still eluding the convener of #RevolutionNow protest,  Omoyele Sowore, and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare.

The duo who were charged with treasonable felony, among others, are yet to perfect the bail granted them on October 4, 2019 by a Federal High Court in Abuja.

As at Friday, October 11, both men were still in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) where they are being held.

Sowore and Bakare were granted bail by in a ruling penultimate Friday by Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu. However, the bail conditions have been criticised and described by known lawyers in Nigeria including the defendants lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), as stringent.

Meanwhile, there have been reports that the lawyers of the defendants would be heading back to court to request  variation of the bail conditions to meet those the defendants could readily meet.

Granting the bail, Justice Ojukwu also barred the duo from participating in any form of protest pending the conclusion of their trial.

The judge, who granted Sowore bail at N100million and two sureties in the same amount, barred him from travelling out of Abuja, while ordering him to deposit N50m in the account of the court as security.

She granted Bakare bail at N50m with a surety in the same amount and barred him from travelling out of his base in Osogbo, except while coming for the trial in Abuja.

The judge added that the sureties, who must be resident in Abuja, must also have landed assets worth the bail sum in Abuja and should deposit the original title documents of the assets with the court.

Justice Ojukwu ordered that the defendants be remanded in the custody of the Department of State Service (DSS), pending when they are able to meet the bail conditions.

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