Facts have emerged on the reason why the popular activist and convener of the RevolutionNow movement, Omoyele Sowore, is yet to released on bail.
It would be recalled that Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court Abuja had, on Friday, October 4, granted a N100 million bail to Sowore with two sureties who must be resident in Abuja and have landed properties within the Federal Capital Territory.
The ruling stated that the sureties, who must submit evidence of tax clearance for 2016, 2017 and 2018 must deposit original documents of the properties in the court registry, adding that one of the sureties must deposit N50 million with the court pending the conclusion of the case.
Omoyele Sowore was also barred from travelling outside the FCT or addressing rallies.
Reacting to the bail conditions, Barr. Inibehe Effiong, a lawyer in Omoyele Sowore’s legal team has decried the stringent bail conditions granted.
He lamented that all efforts to meet up with the demands had been futile as no one was willing to be a surety for such amount.
He added that Sowore’s legal team would go back to Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu to demand a review of the bail conditions.
In a chat with newsmen during the weekend, Effiong said: “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.
“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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