Freedom for Omoyele Sowore, the publisher of Sahara Reporters may take more days as a Chief Magistrates’ Court in Abuja has granted him stringent bail conditions, that he will find difficult to fulfil.
The court, presided over by Mabel Segun-Bello granted the Sahara Reporters publisher N20million bail and two sureties in like sum. One of the sureties must be a federal civil servant not below grade level 12.
The difficulty will be in getting a civil servant with N20million.
While ruling on the bail application filed by Sowore’s lawyer, Marshal Abubakar, the Chief Magistrate, Mabel Segun-Bello, ruled that the sureties must reside in Abuja metropolis with landed properties and known addresses.
Among the conditions of bail is that Sowore must physically report to the registrar of Federal Capital Territory High Court every Monday and Friday pending the determination of the case against him.
He is also not expected to travel outside Abuja and the country.
The judge has adjourned the matter till 5 February for trial.
The court then ordered the activists to be remanded at Kuje Correctional Centre.