The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on Thursday, declined to revoke the bail it earlier granted to the convener of #RevolutionNow protest, Mr. Omoleye Sowore, and his co-Defendant, Olawole Bakare. However, the court, in a ruling by Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu, awarded a punitive cost of N150,000 against Bakare owing to his failure to appear for the continuation of their trial.
The ruling followed an application that was made by counsel to the Federal Government, Mr. Aminu Alilu, who came from the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.
Ogele Sowore, who was the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress, AAC, in the last general election and publisher of an online news outlet, Sahara Reporters, and Bakare, are answering to an amended two-count treasonable felony charge.
The Defendants were alleged to have conspired to stage a revolution campaign on August 5, 2019, tagged “#Revolution Now”, aimed at removing President Muhammadu Buhari from office as the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria during his term of office, otherwise than by constitutional means.
When the case was called up on Thursday, neither the Defendants nor their lawyer was present, a situation that forced the court to stand down the matter… https://bit.ly/3aA4TKl