Court Orders release of Sowore

A Federal High Court presided over by Justice Taiwo Taiwo on Tuesday ordered the release of the leader of the #RevolutionNow protest and publisher of Sahara reporters, Omoyele Sowore.

The court ordered his release following arguments from both the prosecuting and defence counsels.

Prosecuting counsel, Godwin Agbadua, had urged the court to keep Sowore in custody in the interest of justice and national security as the charges brought against him fall under capital offences, with respect to Section 161 of the Criminal Justice Act.

Femi Falana (SAN) and counsel to Sowore, however, argued that that the charges against his client -insulting the president, money laundering and conspiracy to commit treason, are not capital offences.

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Responding, Agbadua informed the court, that the facts of his motion had been overtaken by events and therefore, asked to withdraw the application to further detain Sowore.

The court subsequently struck out the application and ruled that there is no longer any competent order to further remand Sowore.

Justice Taiwo, however, ordered Sowore to deposit all his travel documents with the court in the next 48 hours.

He also ruled that Sowore must be produced by his lawyer, Falana whenever his presence is required in the court.

Sowore was arrested in August in Lagos, and detained for 45 days in the custody of the DSS after he was charged with seven counts bordering on treasonable felony and money laundering.

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