Breaking: Court orders FG to pay N200,000 for stalling Sowore’s trial
Feb. 12, 2020
A Federal High Court in Abuja has that the Federal Government pay the sum of N200,000, for causing unnecessary adjournments in the trial of Omoyele Sowore.
The court gave the order against the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, on Wednesday, February 12, Newswatch reports.
Mr Sowore and Olawale Bakare, are standing trial on a seven-count charge of treasonable felony, fraud, cyberstalking and insulting President Muhammadu Buhari.
Sowore and Bakare were both arrested on August 3 by the State Security Services (SSS) on the eve of their planned protest popularised with the hashtag #RevolutionNow.
The SSS had on December 6 rearrested Mr Sowore at the premises of the Federal High Court in Abuja a day after he was released from their custody.
The publisher and Mr Bakare were released the night before on the order of Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu after spending 124 days in SSS custody.
Mr Sowore was later released on December 24, 2019.
Earlier today, Wednesday, Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka, a former senator, Shehu Sani, and a former chairman of the human rights commission, Chidi Odinkalu and a human rights activist Deji Adeyanju were present at the trial.