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Court Varies conditions in bail granted Sowore, Bakare

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Edwin Eriye

Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu has varied Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare’s bail conditions

Justice Ojukwu said she found it difficult to believe a man of Sowore’s pedigree.

The court had on October 4, 2019 granted the duo bail on certain conditions, which they considered stringent and which they could not meet, prompting them to apply to the court for variation.

In a ruling on Monday, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu waived the earlier requirement that one of Sowore’s deposits N50million as security and reduced the amount attached to Bakare’s bail from N50m to N30m.

Justice Ojukwu said all other conditions should remain. Stating that the decision to restrain the defendants from participating in rallies was in order in view of the nature of the case.

She adjourned till November 6 for the commencement of trial in the case, in which Sowore and Bakare are charged with treasonable felony, among others.

Blackbox Nigeria in an earlier post reported that in an October 4 ruling, Sowore had been granted bail at N100m and two sureties in the same amount, and was also barred from travelling out of Abuja.

Justice Ojukwu however ordered that the defendants be remanded in the custody of the Department of State Service (DSS) pending when they are able to meet the bail conditions.

 

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