Court orders restraint of Sowore and co-defendant in DSS custody

The Federal High Court in Abuja today Monday 30th September 2109, ordered the immuration of the convener of ‘RevolutionNow’ protest, Omoyele Sowore and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare, in the custody of the Department of State Security Service, till the hearing of their bail application comes to an end.

This followed after the arraignment of the defendants, the seven counts of treasonable felony and other various offences which was levelled against them by the Federal Government.

They pleaded not guilty to the charges that were filed against them. After the defendants took their pleas, the defence lawyer, Adeyinka Olumide-Fasika (SAN), pleaded with the court to allow Sowore to be allowed to continue with the bail earlier granted him by Justice Taiwo Taiwo, on the 24th of September 2019.

The defence lawyer also urged the court that the second defendant be granted fresh bail but the judge said that since the bail earlier granted to Sowore was not established on the charges on which he was arraigned today Monday 30th September 2019,  a fresh bail had to be granted to him.

The judge also added that if she would have to grant them a new bail, it had to be based on a formal written bail application and not an oral one. She, in turn, directed them to file a formal bail application and then she adjourned the hearing till Friday 4th October 2019.

Olumide-Fusika(SAN) had maintained that the arraignment should not be allowed to go on the grounds that the Department of State Services(DSS) which has been keeping him in custody since the 3rd of August 2019, had not allowed the defendants to consult with their lawyer after the charges were filed.

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