UPDATED: Court Grants Sowore Bail



After 52 days in the custody of the Department of State Service (DSS), the federal high court Abuja on Tuesday granted Omoyele Sowore, convener of #RevolutionNow protest, bail.

The court released him to his lawyer, Femi Falana, but asked him to deposit his international passport with the court registry within 48 hours.

Justice Taiwo Taiwo made the decision, saying there was no longer a subsisting order holding the SaharaReporters publisher in detention.

The judge said in a short ruling, “The liberty of all Nigerians high or low, poor or rich is guaranteed by the constitution. It’s for this end that I’m of the view that the defendant ought to be released forthwith.”

The decision followed judicial notice of the information that Mr Sowore’s investigation had been concluded.

Mr. Sowore, publisher of SaharaReporters was arrested on August 3 in a Lagos hotel for planning a nationwide protest, #RevolutionNow.

The government charged him with treason and money laundering among others.


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