Omoyele Sowore today get N200,000 as High Court siting in Abuja ruled against the Department of State Security(DSS) payable to convener of #RevolutionNow protest, Omoyele Sowore.
The N200,000 were awarded for frivolous adjournments.
Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu who described the prosecution’s request for the adjournment as frivolous and uncalled for, postponed the trial till Thursday.
The judge also expressed dissatisfaction with the prosecution’s failure to serve all the necessary documents as ordered by the court over seven weeks ago.
The prosecuting counsel, Mr. Kayode Alilu, from the office of the Attorney General of the Federation, had explained to the court that the amendment of the charges followed the taking over of the case from the Department of State Services in December.
He asked for an adjournment to effect the service on the defence.
Defence lawyer, Mr. Olayinka Olumide-Fusika (SAN), contended that the prosecution were not prepared for trial and urged the court to strike out the charges.
He said the prosecution’s request for an adjournment was frivolous and an indication of their lack of diligence in the prosecution of the case.
Soyinka, Shehu Sani in court for Sowore’s trial
Wole Soyinka, Nobel laureate, and Shehu Sani are at a federal high court in Abuja to witness the trial of Omoyele Sowore, convener of RevolutionNow Movement.
Soyinka arrived about 8:50am, five minutes before Sowore arrived at the court.
Sowore and Olawale Bakare, his co-accused, are standing trial on seven counts of treasonable felony, fraud, cyber-stalking and of insulting the president.
He was arrested by the Department of State Services (DSS) on August 3 ahead of a nationwide protest.
He was released after 124 days in custody, but forcibly rearrested at a federal high court in Abuja — less than 24 hours after his release.
He was eventually released on December 24, 2019.