A former presidential aide Reno Omokri has lamented the non-release of Publisher Omoyele Sowore despite a court granting the activist bail.
Concise News understands that Sowore was arrested on August 3rd, 2019 for organising the RevolutionNow protests in the country.
Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu had on October 4 granted bail to Sowore to the tune of N100 million and two sureties in like sum.
Other conditions included that he must deposit his travel documents and also not leave Abuja without the court’s permission during the pendency of his case.
However, at the commencement of the hearing on Monday, Sowore’s counsel, Femi Falana (SAN), informed the court of the motion seeking a variation of the bail conditions.
He noted that the motion is being supported by a four-paragraph affidavit, a written address and an exhibit which is the ruling of the court granting bail.
Falana further stated that the application is to pray the court to vary the conditions for the bail of his client with respect to a condition which requires one of the sureties to deposit 50 million.
He referred the court to the case of Colonel Dasuki where the court imposed the same conditions and the appeal court ruled that the condition was excessive.
According to him, the appeal court held that in a situation where bail can be granted, it should not be unworkable, unbearable and difficult to meet.
Falana said the court had granted bail 17 days ago and all efforts to meet it have failed because of the stringency of the conditions.
Justice Ojukwu granted the appeal for a bail variation by the duo charged with treasonable felony among others.
While reacting to the development, Omokri wondered why Sowore has not been freed despite the court granting him bail since October 4.
In a tweet on his handle, he said: Nnamdi Kanu was given bail on Apr 25, 2017, with 3 sureties of ₦100 million each. 3 days later, he was free. Sowore was granted bail on Oct 4, 2019, with 2 sureties of ₦100 million. 2 weeks later, he remains in jail.”
Nnamdi Kanu was given bail on Apr 25, 2017, with 3 sureties of ₦100 million each. 3 days later, he was free. Sowore was granted bail on Oct 4, 2019, with 2 sureties of ₦100 million. 2 weeks later, he remains in jail
— Reno Omokri (@renoomokri) October 21, 2019