A Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Abuja has granted the publisher of SaharaReporters and popular activist, Omoyele Sowore, bail in the sum of N20m.
It will be recalled that Sowore and four other activists were arrested on New Year’s Eve in Abuja for holding a protest against bad governance in Nigeria.
The four other activists, Juwon Sanyaolu, Peter Williams, Emmanuel Bulus, and Damilare Ademola, were also granted bail in the sum of N1m each.
The five activists are being tried for alleged unlawful assembly, criminal conspiracy, and inciting public disturbance.
Chief Magistrate Mabel Segun-Bello, while ruling on the bail application filed on Monday, admitted Sowore to bail in the sum of N20 million and two sureties in like sum.
Sowore, according to the court, was ordered to remain in Abuja and must physically report to the court registrar every Monday and Friday pending the hearing and determination of the suit against him.
The court further ordered that one of his sureties must be a civil servant not below grade level 12.
The Street Journal, last week, reported that Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, ordered the Police, to hands off the case involving Sowore, directing that the files be handed over to the Director of Public Prosecution, DPP, at the Federal Ministry of Justice.