Sowore not leaving Kuje Prison quickly, court grants harsh bail conditions

Sowore, right, and other accused in court Monday
Sowore, right, and other accused in court Monday

By Abankula

Freedom for Omoyele Sowore, the publisher of Sahara Reporters may take more days as a Chief Magistrates’ Court in Abuja has granted him stringent bail conditions, that he will find difficult to fulfil.

The court, presided over by Mabel Segun-Bello granted the Sahara Reporters publisher N20million bail and two sureties in like sum. One of the sureties must be a federal civil servant not below grade level 12.

The difficulty will be in getting a civil servant with N20million.

While ruling on the bail application filed by Sowore’s lawyer, Marshal Abubakar, the Chief Magistrate, Mabel Segun-Bello, ruled that the sureties must reside in Abuja metropolis with landed properties and known addresses.

Among the conditions of bail is that Sowore must physically report to the registrar of Federal Capital Territory High Court every Monday and Friday pending the determination of the case against him.

He is also not expected to travel outside Abuja and the country.

However, the 2nd to 5th defendants were admitted to less stringent bail in the sum of N1million and one surety in like sum.

Those arrested with Sowore on New Year’s eve were Peter Williams, Sanyaolu Juwon, Emmanuel Bulus and Damilare.

The judge has adjourned the matter till 5 February for trial.

The activists were arrested and brutalised by armed policemen on crossover night, December 31, 2020, for organising a candlelight procession to celebrate New Year at Gudu junction in Abuja.

They were first arraigned on 4 January, charged with unlawful assembly, and inciting public disturbance.

The court then ordered the activists to be remanded at Kuje Correctional Centre.


  1. What is happening to Sowore is good for Him, I support it 100%. He will learn His lesson by force, whosoever is backing will be bitting His finger now, idiot.

    • So dude what lesson does he need to learn?. For standing up for the rights of the people or being bold to speak out or for having the courage to advocate for good governance and innovations?. I always shudder when people who are supposed to benefit long time from what Sowore is doing will end up talking trash. When Buhari succeeds we all succeed and one of the ways to make him succeed is to keep pressure on him. So far Buhari is failing, holding Sowore makes things rougher for him.

  2. Power belongs to the people, Buhari wud not be in power later than 2023, whatever is happening to sowore at the moment wud definitely change wen a new government comes to power, so the present government can just go on and enjoy human right abuse that might be melted to them by the next government and no Nigeria wud blink an eyelid for them!!

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