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RevolutionNow: Sowore’s Trial Set To Resumes On Wednesday

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The trial of Nigerian human rights activist, pro-democracy campaigner, former presidential candidate, and founder of an online news agency Sahara Reporters, Omoyele “Yele” Sowore, Convener, #, and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare, will, on Wednesday, resume before Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court, Abuja,

Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court, adjourned the matter on December 6, 2019 to the 11th, 12th and 13th of February 2020 for definite hearing.

NAN said it found out that Justice Ojukwu was sitting outside the court’s division.

Messrs Sowore and Bakare were on December 24, 2019, released from the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).

Prior to this, Justice Inyang Ekwo had on December 17, 2019, fixed December 23, 2019, to hear from the DSS and the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) why Sowore should not be released from custody.

Sowore, through his lawyer, Femi Falana, filed a motion ex-parte before Justice Ekwo to demand for his unconditional release from the DSS detention in pursuance of the release order made by Justice Ojukwu on November 6, 2019.

However, the matter could not be heard and it was later reassigned to Justice Ahmed Mohammed. But on December 23, 2019, Justice Mohammed recused himself from the suit brought by Sowore before him.

Mohammed, who made his intention known to parties at the mention of the motion ex-parte with suit number: FHC/ABJ/CS/1409/19, said his decision was due to a publication of bribery allegation against him by news platform, Sahara Reporters, owned by Sowore.

Sowore and Bakare were on August 5, 2019, arrested and charged by the DSS with treasonable felony, money laundering, among others.

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