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THE Federal High Court in Abuja has granted bail to Omoyele Sowore, convener of #RevolutionNow protest and publisher of the Sahara Reporters.

The judge, Ijeoma Ojukwu,  ordered the release of Sowore and Olawale Bakare after listening to the submissions of both the prosecutor’s counsel Hasssab Liman and the defendants’ lawyer led by Femi Falana on Friday. 

“Since the charge before the court does not carry any death penalty, I am inclined to grant bail,” she held.

The trial judge granted bail to the two defendants in a total sum of N150 million.

The court ordered Sowore not to partake in any rallies. It added that both defendants should remain within the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

This is the second time the court will be granting Sowore bail after being arrested and arraigned by the Department of State Security Service for masterminding the protest.

The government did not obey the rule of the court after Sowore was granted bail on September 24. Rather, Sowore and Bakare were arraigned on Monday on seven counts bordering on an alleged conspiracy to commit treason, cyberstalking and money laundering among other charges.

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Sowore’s counsel, led by Femi Falana had applied again at the court hearing for bail application. 

At the hearing of the bail application on Friday, the judge ordered that Sowore and his co-defendant be released from the military detention.

She asked Sowore to drop his passport with the court within 48 hours as part of the bail conditions.

The court asked Sowore also provide N100 million as the bail bond with two sureties in like sum.

The second defendant, Olawale Bakare, was to be bailed with a bond of N50 million.

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