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Court Adjourns Sowore & Bakare’s Fundamental Rights Suit To March 25
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Court Adjourns Sowore & Bakare’s Fundamental Rights Suit To March 25

Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal high Court, Abuja, has adjourned the application seeking the enforcement of fundamental rights filed by human rights activists, Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare, to March 25, 2020 for hearing. The judge adjourned the matter after the regularisation of the processes by all parties involved in the case. The activists had on November 15 and 20, 2019 filed separate suits marked  
FG To Re-Arraign Sowore On Fresh Charges
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FG To Re-Arraign Sowore On Fresh Charges

The convener of #RevolutionNow Protest, Omoyele Sowore will be re-arraigned on fresh charges by the Federal Government. This was after Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu adjourned the case following the resumption of Sowore’s trial on Wednesday at the Federal High Court in Abuja. The prosecutor; Kayode Alilu informed the court that the office of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) has taken over the prosecution of the case and has filed fresh and amended charges. Alilu added that they are yet to effect service of the amended charges on the defendants. He also said the office of the AGF took over the case late last year and applied to arraign the defendants based on the amended charges. Justice Ojukwu then ordered the prosecution to pay a sum of N200, 000 as the cost to the defenda...
Court Orders FG To Pay Fine Of N200,000 To Sowore, Bakare
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Court Orders FG To Pay Fine Of N200,000 To Sowore, Bakare

Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the Nigerian Government to pay N200,000 each to Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare, who are both standing trial in a case brought against them by President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration. Ojukwu’s action was necessitated by the prosecution’s sloppy showing on Wednesday where A. Aliyu standing in for the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), tried to slow down proceedings and further delay the commencement of the trial proper by making several false statements.
Senate Probes DSS Court Invasion
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Senate Probes DSS Court Invasion

The Senate has mandated its committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters to investigate Friday’s invasion of a federal high court and rearrest of the publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, by operatives of the State Security Service (SSS). This comes almost a week after the incident. Nigerians have criticised the lawmakers for failing to react and address the issue. The chairman of the Senate committee on Judiciary and Human Rights and Legal Matters, Opeyemi Bamidele (Ekiti Central), raised the matter during plenary on Thursday. He came under Order 43 of the Senate Standing Rule. Order 43 allows for a lawmaker to raise and issue but prohibits other lawmakers from making contributions or debating the said issue. He said the “alleged” invasion of the court...
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Falana Reacts As DSS Rearrests Omoyele Sowore

Lead Counsel and human rights lawyer, Femi Falana has criticised the Department of State Security Services (DSS) for disrupting court proceedings and eventually rearresting his clients, Mr. Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare at a Federal High Court in Abuja, barely 24 hours after their release from DSS custody. Mr. Sowore and his co-accused, Mr. Bakare, were released on Thursday night, following an order given by Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu who gave the security agency a 24-hour ultimatum to effect the bail order earlier issued. Mr. Falana who spoke to Channels Television on Friday stressed that the DSS had said they were inviting the duo for questioning at their office to answer a few questions on fresh charges, but are yet to disclose what they are. “The atmosphere was very rowdy, ...
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Sowore’s Co-Defendant, Olawale Bakare, Declared Missing

Operatives of the Department of State Services had stormed the Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday morning during the commencement of their trial and disrupted proceedings in an attempt to forcefully rearrest the two men. Activist, Olawale Bakare popularly known as Mandate, who is standing trial with pro-democracy campaigner, Omoyele Sowore, in a case brought against them by the Nigerian Government, has been declared missing. Operatives of the Department of State Services had stormed the Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday morning during the commencement of their trial and disrupted proceedings in an attempt to forcefully rearrest the two men. After facing resistance from other activists inside the courtroom however, the DSS operatives retreated outside to lay ambush. T...
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Omoyele Sowore Has Been Rearrested By DSS

DSS finally re-arrests Omoyele Sowore after chasing judge out of the courtroom with gun. He has been taken to the headquarters of the DSS. Operatives of the Department of State Services on Friday morning disrupted the ongoing trial of activists Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare, attempting to rearrest the two men, who were only released from its detention on Thursday evening. The DSS operatives also chased away the presiding judge, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu while also brutalising a journalist with a popular television station. There is currently an ongoing standoff inside the court premises as the DSS operatives are refusing to allow Sowore and his lawyers come out of the place.
Court Threatens To Jail DSS DG Over Failure To Release Sowore
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Court Threatens To Jail DSS DG Over Failure To Release Sowore

A federal high court in Abuja has threatened to jail Yusuf Bichi, director general of the Department of State Services (DSS), over the continued detention of Omoyele Sowore, convener of the #RevolutionNow Movement, and Olawale Bakare, an activist. Ijeoma Ojukwu, the judge, gave the warning on Monday. The judge had previously issued a “notice of consequences of disobedience of court order” otherwise known as form 48 on the DSS. “Take notice that unless you obey the direction contained in the order of the federal high court of Justice, Abuja made on the 6th November 2019, which ordered you to release the defendants/applicants in suit no: FHC/ABJ/CR/235/2019 forthwith, you will be guilty of contempt of court and will be liable to be committed to prison,” the notice read. “A copy of ...
Sowore, Bakare, Falana: SERAP Petitions DSS
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Sowore, Bakare, Falana: SERAP Petitions DSS

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has written to Mrs Soyata Maiga, Chairperson of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the commission’s members to take action against the harassment of Omoyele Sowore, Olawale Bakare, their sureties and lawyers, particularly Femi Falana, SAN. According to SERAP, Nigeria’s Department of State Services (DSS) has stated that it would not release the activists until it is allowed to vet sureties that have already been verified by the court. SERAP deputy director, Kolawole Oluwadare, who released the petition on Sunday noted that the harassment of detained activists, their sureties as well as lawyers who come to their defence, shows a steady slide away from the rule of law and underscores the urgent need for th...
Amnesty International Declares Sowore, Bakare, Jalingo Prisoners Of Conscience
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Amnesty International Declares Sowore, Bakare, Jalingo Prisoners Of Conscience

Amnesty International has declared #RevolutionNow protest convener, Omoyele Sowore, his compatriot, Olawale Bakare and a journalist, Agba Jalingo prisoners of conscience. It said the men have faced ongoing arbitrary detention and unfair trials solely for exercising their right to freedom of expression. The Media Manager of the international human rights organisation, Isa Sanusi, in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday said the Nigerian authorities at both federal and state levels have repeatedly targeted human rights defenders, activists and journalists, by stifling dissenting voices and passing repressive legislation to restrict the civic space. Sowore, Bakare and Jalingo have been in detention since August 2019 for expressing views critical of the government. Despite meeti...
Release Sowore, Bakare And Stop Exposing Nigeria To Ridicule – Falana To DSS
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Release Sowore, Bakare And Stop Exposing Nigeria To Ridicule – Falana To DSS

Human rights lawyer , Mr . Femi Falana ( SAN) , on Wednesday , charged the Department of State Services to immediately release the convener of #RevolutionNow protest , Mr . Omoyele Sowore, and Olawale Bakare. He asked the agency to stop exposing Nigeria to ridicule with its ever-changing excuses for continuing to hold on to them in violation of the Federal High Court ’s order for their release. Falana was replying the DSS’ latest statement issued by its spokesperson, Peter Ifunaya , on Wednesday , when the agency blamed the continued detention of the Sahara Reporters publisher and Bakare on the failure of their sureties to show up to receive them from custody . The senior lawyer narrated the steps that his legal team had taken to ensure the release of their clients since a bailiff first...
SERAP Writes archbishop Of Canterbury, Seeks His Intervention On Sowore’s Case
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SERAP Writes archbishop Of Canterbury, Seeks His Intervention On Sowore’s Case

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, (SERAP) has sent an open letter to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Most Revd Justin Portal Welby urging him to use his good offices and leadership and his “friendship with President Muhammadu Buhari to prevail on him to obey court orders most recently involving activists Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare who remain in arbitrary detention despite a court order for their release.” SERAP expressed “serious concerns about the disturbing trends by state governments and federal government to use the court as a tool to suppress citizens’ human rights.” In the letter dated 11 November 2019 and signed by SERAP deputy director Kolawole Oluwadare, the organization said: “We believe you can use your leadership position and influence to persuade...
DSS Defers Sowore, Bakare’s Release Till Thursday
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DSS Defers Sowore, Bakare’s Release Till Thursday

Detained activist and convener of the RevolutionNow protest, Omoyele Sowore and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare (aka Mandate), who are facing a treasonable felony charge, on Wednesday, failed to regain their freedom after they perfected all their bail conditions. However, a member of their legal team told Vanguard that the Department of State Service, DSS, promised to release them from custody on Thursday. The lawyer who craved anonymity because he did not seek the permission of his principal to speak to the press on the matter, disclosed that the DSS was served with a duly signed order of the Federal High Court in Abuja directing that the defendants should be released from detention. The court order, which was signed by trial Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu, indicated that both Sowore...
Sowore, Co-Defendants Have Met Bail Conditions, Will Be Freed Today – Falana
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Sowore, Co-Defendants Have Met Bail Conditions, Will Be Freed Today – Falana

According to Punch Metro, Nigeria's human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), told the Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday the convener of #RevolutionNow protest, Mr. Omoyele Sowore, and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare, have met the bail conditions imposed on them in respect of their trial on charges of treasonable felony. Falana, who is their lawyer, said the defendants would be freed later on Wednesday. He said this while asking for an adjournment of the case on the grounds that the Department of State Service in whose custody the defendants have been detained and from where they were produced in court on Wednesday. He said, “I have already explained to the learned prosecuting counsel that we are encumbered by the refusal of the State Security Service to allow us to prep...
Omoyele Sowore’s Neighbors In US Demand His Release From DSS Custody
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Omoyele Sowore’s Neighbors In US Demand His Release From DSS Custody

Residents of Bergen County in New Jersey, US, where detained activist, Omoyele Sowore, is said to be resident, have demanded his release from custody. Mr Sowore is in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) on charges of treasonable felony and other sundry offences. NJ.com reports that residents of the county will on Monday evening gather at Haworth Borough Hall to demand Sowore’s release. Speaking on the gathering, Haworth Councilwoman Heather Wasser said: “We want the federal government paying attention. We want the United Nations paying attention. We want him out of Nigeria safely.” Congressman Josh Gottheimer, who represents the district that Sowore resides in, said he is looking into the matter. “We’re in touch with the State Department on this matter ...
Court Reviews Omoyele Sowore’s Bail Condition From N100 Million To N50 Million
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Court Reviews Omoyele Sowore’s Bail Condition From N100 Million To N50 Million

The Federal High Court in Abuja today heard Omoyele Sowore's application for bail variation. Sowore, who was arraigned on a four-count charge ranging from insulting President Muhammadu Buhari to money laundering, was given bail condition of paying N150 million and had his movement restricted to Abuja. Femi Falana (SAN), who is representing Sowore, had described the conditions attached to his bail as “stringent”. After the hearing, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu has now varied Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare's bail conditions. According to a report by SaharaReporters, Justice Ojukwu said she found it difficult to believe a man of Sowore's pedigree did not have anyone to deposit N50 million. Hence, Sowore bail condition was reviewed from N100 million to N50 million and the 50 sec...
Sowore And Olawale Bakare Fail To Meet Bail Conditions
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Sowore And Olawale Bakare Fail To Meet Bail Conditions

The convener of #RevolutionNow protest, Omoyele Sowore, and co-defendant, Olawale Bakare, charged with treasonable felony, among others, are yet to perfect the bail granted them on October 4, 2019 by a Federal High Court in Abuja. It was learnt on Friday that both men were still in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) where they are being held. Sowore and Bakare were granted bail by in a ruling penultimate Friday by Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu, but attached conditions which his lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), described as stringent. The Nation learnt that their lawyers were planning to return to court with an application to request for a reduction in the bail conditions to those which the defendants could readily meet. Justice Ojukwu had, while granting them bail, also ...
Oby Ezekwesili Reacts To Omoyele Sowore’s New Bail Conditions
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Oby Ezekwesili Reacts To Omoyele Sowore’s New Bail Conditions

Former minister of education, Oby Ezekwesili, has expressed concern over the new bail conditions granted the convener of #RevolutionNow protest, Omoyele Sowore. Mr Sowore was on Friday granted N100 million bail by Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of a Federal High Court in Abuja. Justice Ojukwu also ruled that Sowore is to produce two sureties in like sum and deposit the sum of N50 million in the account of the court as security. The sureties, she said, must be resident in Abuja, and also have landed property in Abuja worth the bail sum, and they are to deposit the original title documents of the assets with the court. She also barred Sowore from travelling out of Abuja and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare, from leaving Osogbo during the trial. In a tweet on Friday, Mrs Ezekwesili ...
Court Grants Sowore Bail With Strict Conditions
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Court Grants Sowore Bail With Strict Conditions

Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of a federal high court sitting in Abuja has granted #RevolutionNow convener, Omoyele Sowore, and Olawale Bakare bail with stringent conditions. Sowore's bail conditions include N100 million and two sureties in like sum. One of the sureties must own landed property and deposit N50 million, and prohibited from travelling outside Abuja. Bakare was granted bail to the sum of N50 million and prohibited from travelling outside Osun State. Sowore and Bakare are prohibited from addressing the press until the completion of the trial.

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