Sowore Seeks For Bail in Fresh Court Application, Denies Coup Allegations

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Mr Omoyele Sowore, the Convener of #RevolutionNow protest who is currently being held by the Department of State Services (DSS), has reportedly asked for bail in liberal terms in a fresh application he filed before the Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday.

Sowore filed the fresh application  after his failed bid to have the court hear his earlier one challenging the detention order issued against him by Justice Taiwo Taiwo on July 8, 2019.

 

The security agency had accused Sowore, the SaharaReporters publisher and presidential candidate of the African Action Congress in the last February 2019 poll, of planning to topple the President Muhammadu Buhari government, through the protest.

Sowore denied the coup allegations insisting that he only mobilised Nigerians to protest against bad governance and other vices.

Following an ex parte application by the DSS, Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the same Abuja division of the Federal High Court, on August 8, issued a detention order permitting the security agency to hold the activist for 45 days to enable it to conclude investigations.

On August 9, 2018, Sowore, through his lead counsel, Mr Femi Falana (SAN), filed a motion challenging the detention order.

 

One of his lawyers, Marshal Abubakar, who deposed to the affidavit filed in support of the application, prayed the court grant bail to Sowore in liberal terms.

He added that the activist had responsible persons who could stand as sureties for him.

The supporting affidavit read in part, “That no criminal charge whatsoever has been brought against the applicant herein.

“That the applicant undertakes not to interfere with the investigation of this case or make contacts with the witnesses of the respondent.”

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