Court Strikes Out Treasonable Felony Charge Against Sowore

Justice Emeka Nwite of the Federal High Court Abuja has struck out the charges of treasonable felony brought against the convener of the RevolutionNow protest, Omoyele Sowore, by the Federal Government.

The Federal Government had through the office of the Attorney General of the Federation, filed a notice of discontinuance before the court.

In a ruling, Justice Nwite held that the court is bound to strike out the charge since the case was starting afresh before him.

He subsequently struck out the charges.

The court ordered the Department for State Services (DSS) to return 3 phones seized from Mr Sowore, his passport as well as the N10,000 collected from him and a phone collected from the second defendant.

The decision to discontinue the trial was communicated to the Federal High Court in Abuja via a notice of discontinuance, dated February 14 but filed the next day by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Lateef Fagbemi.

The notice read: “By virtue of the power conferred on me under Section 174 (1) (c} of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended, Section 107 (1) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015 and all other powers enabling me in that behalf, I Lateef Olasunkanmi Fagbemi, SAN intend to discontinue charge No: FHC/ABJ/CR/235/2019″.

Sowore and his co-defendant Olawale Bakare were arraigned before the Federal High Court Abuja in 2019, following a protest rally he staged in Abuja tagged “Revolution Now.”

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