FG to cough out N200,000 to compensate Sowore *Soyinka, Sani, Odinkalu in court solidarity

By Editor on 12/02/2020

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For the first time since August last year, convener of RevolutionNow protest, Omoyele Sowore, has come under the bulwark of support from Nigeria’s topmost civil rights crusaders, with Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, leading the way.

The renowned civil rights advocate and campaigner, was in court on Wednesday alongside former Chairman of the Council of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Chidi Odinkalu and Senator formerly representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani to show solidarity with Sowore, the first time he would enjoy such since his arrest on August 2 last year to his long detention and subsequent trials.

Support for Sowore, had risen after a drama at the Federal High Court before Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu on December 6, 2019, when men of the Department of State Services (DSS) arrested him right inside the courtroom of the Fedral High Court Abuja, where he was standing trial for treasonable felony.

The Nation, reports that Soyinka arrived the court ahead of the proceedings that commenced around 10 am on Wednesday.

Sani, who is also facing a fraud related charge before another judge of the Federal High Court in Abuja, on entering the courtroom, went to where Soyinka sat, greeted him, and whispered something into his ears, which made them laugh.

Sani then proceeded to settle on a chair behind Soyinka.

Sowore and his associate, Olawale Bakare, were arrested in August last year in respect of the #RevolutionNow protest and were held in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) for months until their arraignment towards the end of the year.

Sowore and Bakare charged with a treasonable felony for allegedly planning to topple the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari, among other counts, including abusing the President.

The case could not go on on Tuesday owing to the trial judge’s absence, following which hearing was rescheduled for Wednesday.

On Wednesday, the prosecution lawyer, Aminu Akilu informed the court that an amended charge has been filed and was just served on the defence.

Defence lawyer, Adeyinka Olumide-Fusika (SAN) sought time to look at the new charge, following which the prosecution sought an adjournment.

Before adjourning, Justice Ijeoma Ojujkwu awarded N200,000 cost against the prosecution for causing unnecessary delay in the proceedings.

Justice Ojukwu adjourned till Thursday (February 13) for further hearing.

 

Source Whirlwindnews.com

Posted on February, 12 2020

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