Why Sowore May Remain In Detention till 2020 – Lawyer

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Omoyele Sowore‘s lawyer, Inibehe Effiong has cried out over the tight bail conditions given by the court for his release.

Naija News learnt that  Omoyele Sowore, #RevolutionNow Movement convener, is still been detained by the Department of State Services (DSS) because his bail conditions have not been met.

Recall that the federal high court in Abuja on Friday granted a N100 million bail with two sureties who must be resident in Abuja and have landed properties within the federal capital territory to Sowore.

The Judge, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu, also stated that the sureties must deposit original documents of those properties in the court registry.

Justice Ojukwu also ordered that one of the sureties must deposit N50 million with the court pending the determination of the case.

She further barred him from traveling out of the Federal Capital Territory, while ordering him to deposit his passport with the court.

The federal government had charged him with treasonable felony, “insulting” President Muhammadu Buhari and money laundering among others.

Reacting, Inibehe Effiong, a lawyer in Sowore’s legal team, described the bail conditions as “stringent and impossible to meet”.

According to him “Those conditions are not conditions that can be fulfilled. We have made contacts and explored all channels, clearly, nobody is willing to be a surety for that amount. That amount of money is not available, it is not realistic under the current economic situation,”

Effiong said the defence team would go back to the judge to demand a review of the bail conditions.

“We are going back to the trial court next week to seek a variation of the bail conditions,” he said.

We understand bail is at the discretion of the court but the Administration of Criminal Justice Act allows us to apply for a variation where the conditions are such that the defendants cannot meet.”

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