Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Sowore Denied Bail And Ordered To Be Remanded In Prison


Recall that in the early hours of Friday, January 1, 2021, a team of Policemen was said to have arrested a former presidential candidate, Omoyele Sowore, alongside seven others for protesting against the Nigerian government in Abuja.

According to reports gathered, the activists were almost done with their crossover procession when about seven vans loaded with Nigerian security men arrived at the location and brutalised everyone on sight.

Moreover, Saharareporters revealed that, thereafter, they were said to have been taken to Abattoir Police Station, formerly of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) unit in Abuja, where they were being detained.

Consequently, after spending four nights in the Police cell, the renowned activist, Omoyele Sowore and other co-protesters was arraigned by the Commissioner of Police, FCT command on Monday, based on a three-count charge of criminal conspiracy, unlawful assembly, and public disturbance, and the case was adjourned till today (Tuesday).

However, according to TVCNews, a Chief Magistrate Court in Abuja on Tuesday has fixed 8th January 2020 for ruling on the bail application filed by Omoyele Sowore and four others standing trial before the court.

The Court also ordered the defendants to be remanded at the Force CIID facility in Area 10 following complaints by Mr. Sowore that they were denied food and medical attention at the Kuje Correctional Centre.

Consequently, while reacting to the ruling in a Tweet almost immediately after the Chief Magistrate made the pronouncement, the fearless Sowore said that the regime is scared and doing everything to keep them detained and hurt, but the acts won’t delay their liberation as a people, rather it will hasten it! 

In his words, he said:


"We just ended a weird court bail proceeding, the regime is scared and doing everything to keep us detained and hurt, but these acts won’t delay our liberation as a people, rather it will hasten it! A magistrate just ruled that we should be remanded in @PoliceNG instead of bail."

Consequently, diverse reactions have continued to trail the new development, as many people who reacted to the political development, condemned the Nigerian government and urged the concerned authorities to immediately release the activist and other co-protesters unconditionally.

However, in your view, do you think Sowore and others truly breached any law as claimed by the FCT authorities and the Police?

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