Court Slams Federal Government A Sum Over Adjournment Of Sowore’s Case

Nigerian activist and former presidential candidate Omoyele Sowore appears at the federal high court in Abuja, Nigeria, December 5, 2019. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde - RC2ZOD9F9X99

A federal high court in Abuja has bashed the sum of two hundred thousand naira(#200,000) against the Federal Government over the adjournment of Omoyele Sowore, a convener of the RevolutionNow protest, describing the Federal Government’s action as frivolous.

Trial Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu expressed her dissatisfaction with the FG for its late filing of an amended charge against Sowore and his co-defendant Olawole Bakare.

She warned that the proceedings would not continue if the prosecution fails to present evidence of the payment of the N200,000 to the defence or come to court with the cash on Thursday.

She condemned the late filing of amended charges and service of same on defence in the open court on Wednesday.

Federal Government’s lawyer, Mr. Kayode Alilu, had explained to the court that the amendment of the charge was necessitated by the fact that the office of the Attorney General of the Federation took over and reviewed the case-file that was handed to it by the Department of State Service, (DSS).

Also among those in court to witness Sowore’s trial on Wednesday included Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, a former Senator that represented Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani, and the erstwhile Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, Prof. Chidi Odinkalu.

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