The Federal High Court in Abuja today resumed the trial of #RevolutionNow Convener, Omoyele Sowore.
Recall that he case was adjourned on December 6, 2019 by Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu till February 11, 12 and 13, 2020, for definite hearing.
But the court did not sit yesterday because of Justice Ojukwu’s absence.
Sowore and co-defendant, Olawale Bakare, are facing trial over charges of treasonable felony for organising the #RevolutionNow protest on August 5, 2019, which the government saw as an attempt to disrupt peace in the country.
He was arrested on August 3, 2019, by the Department of State Services (DSS) and was in custody until December 5, 2019, despite court orders to release him on bail.
Last November, the DSS acknowledged receipt of the court order but said the reason for still keeping Sowore was that the appropriate sureties had not come forward to bail him.
But following an order of Justice Ojukwu on December 5, 2019, that Sowore and Bakare be released within 24 hours and a cost of N100,000 awarded against the DSS, the duo were released around 5 p.m on the same day.
After his appearance in court the following day, the accused was rearrested by the DSS on fresh charges.
Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, on December 13, 2019, took over the prosecution of Sowore’s case from the DSS.