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Sowore’s bail perfected, to breathe air of freedom today — Falana

Omoyele Sowore, the convener of #RevolutionNow Movement and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare, have met their bail conditions, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), told the Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday.
Falana, who is their lawyer, said the defendants would be freed later on Wednesday.
The duo is facing trial on charges of treasonable felony and have been in custody for more than 70 days after the Department of State Service (DSS) failed to release them on the orders of a Federal High Court, Abuja, presided over by Justice Taiwo Taiwo.
“I have already explained to the learned prosecuting counsel that we are encumbered by the refusal of the State Security Service to allow us to prepare for the defence of the defendants.

“I had already asked my learned counsel for the prosecution, that we are confident that the defendants will be freed today (Wednesday) from the custody of the SSS having met the bail conditions imposed on them by this honourable court.

“Once they are liberated from the custody of the SSS, we will be in a position to take full instruction from them, ” Falana said.

Mr Adeyinka Olumide-Fusika (SAN), who appeared for the second defendant at the Wednesday’s proceedings, also confirmed the development.

But the prosecuting counsel, Mr Hassan Liman (SAN), opposed the application for adjournment on the grounds that the charges were filed and served on the defendants as far back as September 20.

“The defendants have ample time and opportunity to prepare for their defence.

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