Publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, has been remanded in Kuje prison, Abuja, alongside other activists for participating in the #CrossoverWithProtest held on the eve of new year.
The activists were arraigned before Taye Maibel at the Magistrate Court in Wuse Zone 2, Abuja, on Monday by the police after spending four nights in detention.
Mr. Sowore and four other activists who were arrested at Gudu junction in Abuja were arraigned on three counts of unlawful assembly, criminal conspiracy and inciting public disturbance.
The police lawyer, J. C. Idachaba, told the court that Sowore and other activists were arrested for disturbing the peace of the nation.
When the charges were read, the activists were asked to take plea and they answered not guilty, saying all allegations against them were false.
Idachaba told the court that the police would need more time to investigate, hence the defendants be remanded in custody or prison until the conclusion of investigation.
This was, however, countered by the lawyer representing the defendants from the Femi Falana Chambers, identified as Barrister Marshal.
Mr. Marshal said all the defendants are entitled to bail and should be granted in the interest of justice. He then asked the magistrate to grant Mr. Sowore and others bail.
After arguments between the two parties, Mrs. Maibel asked the defendants’ counsel to formally apply for their bail.
The magistrate said she would sit on Tuesday so that the defendants bail could be filed formally.
In her ruling, she said all the charges are bailable, except if the defendants are deemed likely to evade trial or commit the same offence. She asked that the formal bail application should he brought before here at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday.
While the magistrate said the defendants should be taken to the Wuse police station, the telephone number of the DPO in Wuse could not be reached.
She later ordered that Mr. Sowore and others should be remanded in Kuje Prison pending the hearing of their bail application.Follow us on social media