The Chief Magistrate Court Abuja has granted bail to Sahara Reporters’ publisher, Omoyele Sowore in the sum of N20m and and two sureties in like sum.
Mr. Sowore and four other activists were arrested on New Year’s Eve in Abuja for holding a peaceful protest against bad governance.
The co-defendants were also granted bail, but in the sum of N1m each.
Sowore and Juwon Sanyaolu, Peter Williams, Emmanuel Bulus, and Damilare Adenola are standing trial for alleged unlawful assembly, criminal conspiracy, and inciting public disturbance.
Chief Magistrate Mabel Segun-Bello admitted Sowore to bail on Monday after the Nigeria Police failed to produce him him court last Friday.
He ordered Sowore to remain in Abuja and must physically report to the court registrar every Monday and Friday pending the hearing and determination of the case against him.
The court also directed that one of his sureties must be a civil servant not below grade level 12.