Sowore Gets N100M Bail As Security Prevents Journalists From Taking Photos

Federal High Court Abuja Division has granted bail to the publisher of Sahara Reporters Omoyele Sowore with a bond of N100 million and two sureties in like sum.

The court also granted the second defendant and political activist Olawale Bakare, bail with a bond of N50 million.

Sowore is facing trial for alleged fraud, treasonable felony and cyberstalking among other offences.

His lawyer, Femi Falana, had on Friday, urged the court in Abuja to grant bail to Sowore, and his co-defendant, Bakare, on liberal terms.

The court said Mr Sowore must avoid partaking in any rallies. It also ordered both defendants to remain within the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

It is the second time the court is granting the defendants bail.

The State Security Service (SSS) had ignored the earlier one last week but instead produced the defendants before the court on Monday for arraignment.

In a related development, security agents stopped journalists from taking the photographs of the publisher turned politician, as he returned to the court for his trial.

Sowore who was the presidential candidate of African Action Congress (AAC) arrived the court through rear entrance and was taken in to the courtroom amid tight security.

The security sternly warned waiting journalists against any attempt to photograph Sowore, and threatened to seize the phones of anyone who was found flouting the order.

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