Judge Adjourns Sowore’s Felony Case till Wednesday, Fines Govt N200,000

Judge Adjourns Sowore's Felony Case till Wednesday, Fines Govt N200,000

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Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka is currently at the Federal High Court, Abuja in solidarity with Omoyele Sowere, who is being tried in court for organizing the “Revolution Now” protest.

Omoyele Sowore who was the presidential candidate for the Action Alliance Congress in the 2019 Presidential elections, was arrested by the Department of State Service in August 2019 alongside his co-defendant Olawale Bakare aka Mandate

 

Sowore (middle) flanked by Prof. Wole Soyinka (right) and Senator Sheu Sani, at the resumed hearing of his felony case

The defendants were charged with treasonable felony for planning to topple the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari through a revolution, among other counts not limited to abusing the President.

The duo held in custody for over four months despite securing bail judgments from the Court. The duo would eventually be released after pressure from both home and abroad, including a letter from US senators expressing concern for Mr. Sowore’s situation.

Meanwhile, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu had ordered the Federal Government to pay a N200, 000 fine to Omoyele Sowore, Convener, #RevolutionNow, and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare. Justice Ojukwu, who gave the order after Aminu Alilu, counsel to the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), sought for an adjournment to enable him serve the defendants the amended charges. Justice Alilu held that the action was an attempt to delay the case

Justice Ojukwu later fixed Tuesday for the start of the trial but had to adjourn till Wednesday due to her official duties elsewhere.