Court Declines FG’s Request To Revoke Sowore’s Bail
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A federal high court in Abuja has in Thursday, February 3, 2021 refused an application seeking an order to revoke the bail earlier granted to the convener of the #RevolutionNow movement, Omoyele Sowore.
The government accused Sowore and Bakare of staging “a revolution campaign” aimed at removing the president during his term in office by unconstitutional means.
Delivering ruling, Ijeoma Ojuwku, the presiding judge, berated the defence for their actions.
Ojukwu said the registrar who informed the court about the letter was also asked to inform counsel to make their application in the open court “being that the court cannot adjourn a matter on record on the application of one party in the absence of another by means of a mere letter”.
She said Abubakar’s view that the letter offers sufficient notice for the absence of the defendant is “speculative”. Ojukwu said the letter also failed to state the reason why the date fixed for trial should be vacated until after Easter break.
Although the judge refused to revoke the bail of the defendants, she awarded N150,000 cost against Bakare who was not present in court.
The case has been adjourned to April 28 and 29 for continuation of hearing.