The publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, and his fellow defendant, Olawale Bakare, have been granted a N100 million and N50 million bail respectively by the Federal High Court Abuja.
The presiding judge, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu, in giving judgment announced N100 million bail on Sowore with two sureties in like sum.
Both defendants were ordered to remain in detention by Ojukwu, pending when the bail conditions have been met.
They have also been prohibited from addressing the press until completion of the trial.
Sowore has been held by the Department of State Services (DSS) since August 3, 2019, for calling a national protest against President Muhammadu Buhari led administration under the #RevolutionNow banner.
By September, he was indicted by the federal government for treasonable felony, cyber-stalking and money laundering which he pleaded not guilty.
In a court sitting about two weeks ago, a federal high court in Abuja presided over by Justice Taiwo Taiwo ruled that Sowore be set free immediately, urging that there was no extant order allowing Sowore’s further detention.
“The order of the court has expired. It has not been renewed and cannot be renewed in view of the motion ex-parte earlier withdrawn,” the judge said at that time.
The Nigerian government in disregarding the court order ensured that Sowore remained in DSS custody. The government also filed additional charges against on September 20, indicting him for transferring $50,000 illicit funds.
In a seven-count charge, Sowore was accused of an alleged conspiracy to commit treason, money laundering, and insulting the President, among others.