By Chika OnyesiA Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has granted bail to the convener of #RevolutionNow protest, Mr Omoyele Sowore, and his co-defendant, Mr Olawale Bakare.
The trial judge, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu, who ruled on the bail application filed by the two defendants, barred them from addressing any rally pending the conclusion of their trial
Sowore was also barred from traveling out of Abuja and the second defendant out of Osogbo, during the trial.
Both men are facing trial on seven counts charges bordering on alleged conspiracy to commit treason and money laundering among others.
Counsel to the duo, Mr Femi Falana, urged the court to grant bail to his clients but the prosecutor, Mr Hassan Liman, objected to the request
Following submissions from both parties however, the trial judge noted that the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) was clear as to when someone charged with treason can be granted bail.
“Since the charge before the court does not carry any death penalty, I am inclined to grant bail,” Justice Ojukwu held.
Both men were granted bail in the sum of N150 million and two sureties in like sum, they are also expected to deposit their travel documents with the court
The judge ruled that the sureties must swear to an affidavit means of over N50 million and provide evidence of tax payment.
Justice Ojukwu also warned that the court will not hesitate to revoke the bail, if there is any violation of the bail conditions.