Court varies Sowore’s bail conditions

A Federal High Court in Abuja has granted the request of the Convener of #RevolutionNow, Omoyele Sowore and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare, for the variation of the conditions attached to the bail earlier granted them.

The court, on October 4, granted them bail on certain conditions, which they considered stringent and which they could not meet.

This prompted them to apply to the court for variation.

In a ruling yesterday, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu waived the earlier requirement that one of Sowore’s sureties should deposit N50 million as security and reduced the amount attached to Bakare’s bail from N50 million to N30 million.

Justice Ojukwu said all other conditions should remain.

The judge said the decision to restrain the defendants from participating in rallies was in order due to the nature of the case.

She adjourned till November 6 for the commencement of trial in which case Sowore and Bakare are charged with, among others, treasonable felony.

In a ruling on October 4, the judge granted Sowore bail at N100 million and two sureties in like sum, and barred him from travelling out of Abuja.

Justice Ojukwu ordered one of Sowore’s sureties to deposit N50 million in the account of the court as security.

She granted Bakare bail at N50 million with a surety in the same amount and barred him from travelling out of his base in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, except to Abuja for his trial.

The judge added that the sureties, who must be resident in Abuja, must also have landed assets worth the bail sum in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) 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 Services (DSS) pending when they are able to meet the bail conditions.

<<The Nation>>