The conditions attached to bail of Omoyele Sowore, convener of the #RevolutionNow movement is to “stringent” and “impossible to meet”, his lawyer has said.
Inibehe Effiong, a lawyer in Sowore’s legal team, said all means have been explored but all indications had pointed to the impracticability of his client to get sureties to raise the amount stipulated.
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Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu, the trial judge, granted bail to Sowore in a total sum of N100 million with two sureties in like sum. The sureties who must be resident in Abuja must also have landed assets worth the bail sum in Abuja, and they are to deposit the original title documents of the assets with the court.
The detained activist was also ordered to deposit his passport with the court, banned from travelling outside Abuja during the duration of the trial and asked to deposit the sum of N50m in the account of the court as security payment.
But speaking in an interview on Saturday, Effiong said the legal will return to the court to seek a variation as the present conditions for bail cannot be fulfilled.
“Those conditions are not conditions that can be fulfilled. We have made contacts and explored all channels, clearly, nobody is willing to be a surety for that amount. That amount of money is not available, it is not realistic under the current economic situation,” Effiong told TheCable.
“We are going back to the trial court next week to seek a variation of the bail conditions.
“We understand bail is at the discretion of the court but the Administration of Criminal Justice Act allows us to apply for a variation where the conditions are such that the defendants cannot meet.”
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Sowore, the publisher of Sahara Reporters, was arraigned by the Federal Government on seven counts of treasonable felony and other alleged offences.