SWITZERLAND, FEBRUARY 12 – A Federal High Court in Abuja has awarded N200,000 fine against the federal government over delayed service of amended charges to parties in the trial of the convener of #RevolutionNow, Omoyele Sowore and another.
Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu on Wednesday ruled that the prosecuting team from the office of the Attorney General of the Federation had sufficient time since the last adjournment to serve the fresh charges.
The federal government on Wednesday brought a fresh two count charge bordering on reasonable felony against Sowore and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare. The publisher of Sahara Reporters and former presidential candidate, African Action Congress (AAC) in the 2019 general elections, was on August 3, 2019 arrested in Lagos by the Department of State Services (DSS) over calls for nationwide protest against alleged bad governance.
Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, former Chairman of the Council of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Chidi Odinkalu and a former Senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani were at the Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday to witness proceedings at the resumed hearing in the trial of the convener, RevolutionNow, a protest against alleged bad governance in the country.
Soyinka arrived the court ahead of the proceedings that commenced around 10 am on Wednesday.
Sani, who is also facing a fraud related charge before another judge of the Federal High Court in Abuja, on entering the courtroom, went to where Soyinka sat, greeted him, and whispered something into his ears, which made them laugh.
Sani then proceeded to settle on a chair behind Soyinka