The trial of Omoyele Sowore, Convener, #RevolutionNow, and his co-defendant,
Olawale Bakare, resume on Wednesday before Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal
High Court, Abuja.
Although the hearing was scheduled to begin today, Tuesday, the absence of the
presiding judge stalled the trial.
At about 9 a.m. when newsmen visited Court 7 on the fourth or of the building, the
the courtroom was empty aside from the court registrar and few workers doing their
On the cause list attendance, Sowore’s case with suit number: FHC/ABJ/CR/956/2019
was on item nine according to the serial number.
An inquiry made by NAN on why the matter could not be heard today revealed that
Justice Ijeoma was said to be sitting outside the court’s division.
NAN reports that Sowore and Bakare were, on Dec. 24, 2019, released from the
Department of State Services (DSS)’s custody by the Federal Government.
Before this development, Justice Inyang Ekwo had, on Dec. 17, 2019, xed Dec. 23,
2019, to hear from the DSS and the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) why
Sowore should not be released from custody.
Mr. Sowore, through his lawyer, Falana, had led a motion ex-parte before Justice Ekwo
to demand his unconditional release from the SSS detention in pursuance of the
release order made by Justice Ojukwu on Nov. 6, 2019.
However, the matter could not be heard and it was later reassigned to Justice Ahmed
And on Dec. 23, 2019, Justice Mohammed recused himself from the suit brought by
Sowore before him.
Mr. Mohammed, who made his intention known to parties at the mention of the motion
ex-parte with suit number: FHC/ABJ/CS/1409/19, said his decision was due to a
publication of bribery allegation against him by Sahara Reporters owned by Mr. Sowore.
The operatives of the DSS had rearrested Sowore shortly after a court proceeding on
Dec. 6, 2019 barely 24 hours of releasing him and his co-defendant, Bakare, from
Justice Ojukwu had xed Feb. 11 as the next adjourned date.
However, Abubakar Malami, SAN, the AGF and Minister of Justice, had also, on Dec. 13,
2019, announced his takeover of the prosecution of Sowore in the charge of
treasonable felony levied against him.
The development came as a result of the criticism their rearrest had generated.
NAN reports that Sowore, alongside Olawale Bakare, was on Aug. 5, 2019, arrested
and charged by the DSS with treasonable felony, money laundering, among others.
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