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Sowore

The Federal Court Higher Court in Abuja on Thursday ordered the remand of the convener of #RevolutionNow protest, Mr. Omoyele Sowore, and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare, in the custody of the Division of State Safety Service, pending the hearing of their bail application.

Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu fixed Friday for the hearing of their bail application.

This followed the arraignment of the defendants on seven counts of treasonable felony and other sundry offences instituted against them by the Federal Government.

They pleaded not guilty to the seven counts when study to them.

Immediately after the defendants took their please, the defence lawyer, Adeyinka Olumide-Fusika (SAN), urged the court to permit Sowore to be permitted to continue with the bail earlier granted him by Justice Taiwo Taiwo, on September 24.

The defence lawyer also pleaded that the second defendant be granted fresh bail.

But the judge stated considering that the bail earlier granted Sowore was not predicated on the charges on which he was arraigned on Monday, a fresh bail had to be granted to him.

She added that if she would have to grant them fresh bail, it had to be primarily based on formal written formal bail application and not oral.

She directed them to file formal bail application and then adjourned hearing till Friday.

The application is to be served on the lead prosecuting counsel, Hassan Liman (SAN), who indicated that he was going to oppose the application.

The judge earlier dismissed the objection of the defendants’ lawyer to the scheduled arraignment.

Olumide-Fusika had maintained that the arraignment ought to not be permitted to go on on the grounds that the Division of State Solutions, which has been maintaining him in custody considering that August three, 2019, had not permitted the defendants to seek advice from with their lawyer following the charges had been filed.

He added that the court ought to safeguard its integrity by refusing to permit the arraignment to proceed when the prosecution continued to disobey the court order created on September 24, 2019 for the release.

But the prosecution led by Hassan Liman (SAN) urged the court to dismiss the objection insisting that what was far more vital was that the defendants had been served with the charges.

Liman also stated the order for the release of the defendants had lapsed considering that the defendants had been developed in court for arraignment.

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