Several weeks after the court granted the convener of #RevolutionNow Movement and publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore bail, no one has stepped forward to stand surety for him. Worse still, after the bail condition that was thought to be stringent was varied, it is still a waiting game, as the activist is still languishing in the custody of the Department of State Security (DSS)awaiting the perfection of the bail condition.
Sowore was the presidential candidate of the African Action Alliance (AAC) that contested the 2019 presidential election.
However, a ray of hope came Sowore’s way as the founder of the Omega Fire Ministry, a Pentecostal church, Apostle Johnson Suleiman has said that he is considering standing bail for him.
In continuation of Sowore’s the trial, the Federal High court,Abuja has slated November 6th to 8th for further proceedings. The implication is that Sowore will be attending court proceedings from DSS detention.
Apostle Johnson Suleman of Omega Fire Ministry on Monday disclosed that he is considering standing surety for Sowore to perfect his bail.
He tweeted: @apostlesuleman
“Am really worried that nobody is ready to stand surety for Omoyele Sowore. Yes he has hurt a lot of people, me inclusive. But, do we focus on that and let his rot where he is wvwn if he caused it in a situation like this what will Christ do? am ‘considering’ standing bail for him.”
Many Nigerians on social media have also become critical of Sowore .
See tweet reaction ;
Newbreed (@abundantdavid) “thank you sir…but I don’t think it ok for you to stand bail for him. They will use it tomorrow to fight you. I remember seeing a picture of papa Ayo and someone . They said he was the one sponsoring him. My opinion .”
African Giant 🦍🦍 (@Romanus51550167) “The amount of money they’re requesting for is too much for Christ sake, just because he requested for a good governance while those looting the country are living their best lives.. It hurts to see Nigerians forgetting sowore so soon 😪.”
Arc. Omo Baba Òkè (@lord_haywire07) “I’m sure volunteers must have presented themselves, but there’s is a particular condition that Sowore would not leave Abuja and also musn’t conduct any rally. I do not thin Sowore will agree to this. Anyone who stands would be ready to forfeit his documents and 30milion.”
NO SURETY , NO RELEASE FOR SOWORE
Despite reducing the bail bond, Sowore had remained in custody due to his inability to produce sureties to perfect his bail.
The Federal High Court ,Abuja had reviewed the bail conditions granted to the convener of #RevolutionNow protest ,Omoyele Sowore for the treasonable felony charges brought against him by the Federal Government yet, nobody has being able to stand as his surety.
The review was after the activist made an application praying the court to look int his bail conditions due to his inability to fulfil them which Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu on October 4,2019 had granted bail to Sowore to the sum of N100million with two sureties in the same sum
The details of the sureties which read that; one of the sureties must deposit N50m cash as security , the two sureties must be resident in abuja and show evidence of tax payment from 2014-2016 and among others include that the defendants must not travel without the permission of the court and also won’t be allowed to participate in any form of protest pending the determination of the suit.
The Department of State Services (DSS) had said that the publisher of Sahara reporters, Omoyele Sowore was arrested for threatening the peaceful government ,public safety and co-existence of the country by calling #RevolutionNow protest in order to disrupt the peace of the nation.
The public relations officer of DSS , Peter Afunanya said that the agency which is charged with the responsibility of curtailing ,containing and eliminating threats against national security would not sit back and allow an individual or groups to rise and threaten the peace and unity of the country.
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“Nigeria is not a banana republic and cannot suddenly be made one.If we are operating as a responsible security organisation and someone is calling for revolution in Nigeria, we must understand the meaning of revolution,” he said.
However, Afunanya said that the government had been elected democratically and there would not be any forceful takeover by any individual or group.