UPDATED: Nigerian govt re-arraigns Sowore, Bakare, adjourns trial

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The government on Thursday re-summoned Sahara Reporters Publisher, Omoyele Sowore and co-charged, Olawale Bakare.

They were summoned before Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court on a two-check charge verging on treasonable lawful offense.

The arraignment legal counselor, who is a main state board from the service of equity, had educated the court on Wednesday, that the workplace of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) has assumed control over the indictment of the case and has documented a corrected charge.

At the beginning of preliminary on Thursday, the arraignment legal counselor, Aminu Alilu, applied that the past seven-include charge which was recorded in September 2019, be subbed with the revised charge.

Taking their requests upon re-arraignment, Messrs Sowore and Bakare argued not blameworthy to the charges.

After the charged took their requests, Mr Alilu, educated the court regarding the nearness of the primary observer, whom he stated, was prepared to give proof.

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In any case, the legal advisor to the respondents, Abdul Mahmud, told the court that they can’t continue with the preliminary as the indictment was at this point to consent to the request for the court guiding them to give articulations of the observers they plan to call.

Mr Mahmud said just a condensed explanation of witnesses were served on them.

“We were presented with rundown explanations of Moses Amadi, Usman Bafa, Paul Okafor (specialized video architect) and Paul Clement (budgetary examiner/agent),” he said.

The litigant’s legal advisor included that the video gadget and tape referenced in one of the observer’s announcements have not been served on them.

Reacting, Mr Alilu said since every one of his observers would allude the video proof, he would require two weeks to empower him to serve the fundamental proof on the guard.

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The indictment likewise educated the court that the N200,000 cost granted against them has been paid to the barrier group.

The litigant’s legal counselor affirmed the installment of the said aggregate.

The issue was, along these lines, deferred to March 11, 12 and 13, for continuation.


The pair was captured on August 3 by the State Security Services (SSS) for arranging a dissent promoted with the hashtag #RevolutionNow.

Yet, in the new charge, the offenses which verged on misrepresentation, digital stalking and offending the president, which were in the past seven-tally charge, were expelled.

The SSS on December 6 rearrested Mr Sowore at the premises of the Federal High Court in Abuja daily after he was discharged from their authority. Authorities of the organization constrained their way into the court and captured him.

The distributer and Mr Bakare had been discharged the prior night on the sets of Justice Ojukwu in the wake of going through 124 days in SSS guardianship.

Mr Sowore was later discharged on December 24, 2019.

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