A Federal High Court in Abuja has adjourned until March 2022 the trumped-up costs of treasonable felony introduced towards human rights activist, Omoyele Sowore by the Nigerian authorities.
The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice had on behalf of the Nigerian authorities in a cost marked ABJ/CR/CS/365/19 accused Sowore of treasonable felony.
The activist was anticipated to take a contemporary plea earlier than Justice Obiora Egwuatu on Monday following the switch of the previous trial decide, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu to Calabar in Cross River State.
However, SaharaReporters gathered that the prosecutors weren’t current in courtroom whereas the courtroom authorities refused to tell the activist’s legal professionals.
“Muhammadu Buhari through his Attorney General, Abubakar Malami tried to rearraign us for ‘Treasonable Felony’ today. Prosecutors forgot to be present in court for arraignment and the court also did not inform our lawyers. Case adjourned again till March 2022. Time wasters! #RevolutionNow,” Sowore tweeted on Monday.
The Department of State Services (DSS) had early arraigned Sowore and Olawale Bakare earlier than Justice Ojukwu for treasonable felony for organising the ‘Revolution Now’ protest on August 5, 2019, which the federal government desperately used safety brokers to clamp down on.
Justice Ojukwu subsequently ordered that Sowore and Bakare be launched on bail however the DSS disobeyed the order for a number of weeks. After granting him bail, the DSS re-arrested Sowore contained in the courtroom, inflicting commotion which made the decide flee.
He was, nevertheless, launched following nationwide condemnation.
In February 2020, the Office of the Attorney-General took over the case, amended the fees and re-arraigned Sowore and Bakare.
The decide ordered the Nigerian authorities to pay N200,000 as the fee to the defendants for the frivolous software for adjournment and adjourned until February 13.
Following Justice Ojukwu’s switch to Calabar, it was learnt that she was given the choice of constant another circumstances. A courtroom official stated the decide picked a number of circumstances and returned some others to the CJ, together with Sowore’s case.
However, it was learnt that two different judges within the Federal High Court had refused to take over Sowore’s case.
“It seems some of these judges feel intimidated. They don’t want Federal Government trouble. The case is high profile and controversial. So, they have been avoiding it,” a supply had stated.