Nigeria: Sowore’s trial begins at Federal High Court Abuja

Last updated on September 11th, 2021 at 03:14 pm

Officers of the Nigerian Police Force tightened the security of the Federal High Court, Abuja on Wednesday as Omoyele Sowore, Convener of ‘#RevolutionNow’ protest appeared for the commencement of trial.
Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu had, on Oct. 21, varied the bail conditions granted Sowore, and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare. She granted the order in a ruling on the application for a bail variation by the duo charged with treasonable felony among others.
She waived the earlier requirement that Sowore should deposit N50m as security and reduced the amount attached to Bakare’s bail.
Ojukwu added that the defendants be remanded in the custody of the Department of State Service (DSS) pending when they can meet the bail conditions.
The judge, thereafter, adjourned till Nov. 6 and 7 for the commencement of trial.
However, at the Federal High Court, Abuja, where the trial is to commence, there were no fewer than six Police Hilux vehicles with officers of the security outfit positioned at strategic areas outside the court premises.
Some of the officers were also sighted within the court.
Sowore, alongside Bakare, is being tried by the DSS over the #RevolutionNow protest. They were both in court.