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Xma Eve Protest: Police’s failure to produce Sowore, others stall ruling on bail

Xma Eve Protest: Police’s failure to produce Sowore, others stall ruling on bail

The failure of the police to produce Sahara Reporters’ publisher, Omoyele Sowore and four others in court on Friday stalled the scheduled ruling on their bail application.

Magistrate Mabel Segun-Bello of the Magistrates’ Court, Wuse Zone 2, Abuja had, on January 6, 2021, scheduled ruling for Friday after entertaining arguments on the bail application filed by Sowore and others.

Sowore, Juwon Sanyaolu, Peter Williams, Damilare Adenola, and Emmanuel Bulus were arraigned before the court on Monday on a three-count charge filed by the police.

Sowore, who was the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress, (AAC), in the last general elections, was arrested with the others on New Year’s Eve for their alleged involvement in a protest against bad governance in the country.

The prosecution claimed the defendants  were arrested with placards that called for a violent revolution against President Muhammadu Buhari.

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On Wednesday, after taking arguments on the defendants’ bail application, Magistrate Segun-Bello scheduled ruling for Friday, at 11 am.

By 11am on Friday, Sowore’s lawyer, Marshal Abubakar and associates of the defendants were in court, but the prosecuting lawyer was absent, prompting the court to reschedule proceedings for 1pm.

By 1pm, when the prosecuting lawyer was still yet to arrive in court, an official of the court invited the defence lawyer into the office of the Magistrate.

On emerging from the office of the Magistrate, Abubakar told journalists that he learnt the police claimed to have handed the case file to a Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) for further prosecution.

The lawyer said the unnamed DIG, who was called to produce the defendants, claimed to have handed the case file to the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) on the instruction of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF).

No date was however fixed for further proceedings.



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