Former Senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani, has reacted to an Abuja court ruling, which granted bail to the co-convener of RevolutionNow Movement, Omoyele Sowore.
Sani described the bail granted Sowore as a welcome development.
In a tweet, the former lawmaker also called on the Department of State Services, DSS, to comply with the court ruling.
“@YeleSowore bail, a welcome development; next is compliance,” he tweeted.
Recall that the Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu-led court had granted Sowore bail in the sum of N100 million, on Friday and two sureties in like sum.
Ojukwu held that the prosecution failed to show good reasons the defendants should not be granted bail since the offences are bailable.
The presiding judge restricted Sowore from traveling outside Abuja.
Sowore has been in custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) since August 3 when he was arrested in Lagos for calling for a revolution protest against the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.
The former Presidential candidate was arraigned on September 30, alongside Olawale Bakare, his co-defendant, on a 7-count charge of felony brought against him by the federal government.
This is coming few weeks after Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the same court had ordered the release of Sowore after a detention order he issued against him elapsed.
Displeased with the order, the secret police had re-arraigned him before Justice Ojukwu. However, Justice Ojukwu also granted the second defendant, Bakare bail in the sum of N50 million and prohibited him from travelling outside Osun State.
The judge also barred both Sowore and Bakare from addressing the press until the completion of the trial. Ojukwu ordered that they be remanded in prison custody until the fulfilment of their bail conditions.
Reacting earlier, Mr Sowore had asked his supporters to remain resolute and not give up on what he termed “a brand new Nigeria”.
Sowore made the call on Friday during his appearance at the Federal High Court in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
In a short video recorded earlier before the trial judge granted him and his co-defendant, Mr Olawale Bakare bail, a crowd of supporters surrounded Sowore in the courtroom, accusing security operatives of intimidating him.
A hot argument ensued as Sowore, who was visibly angry said, “Nobody can harass me. Under the military, we survived it; we will survive this one too.”
“It doesn’t matter how long it takes, we must persevere and ensure that we liberate ourselves. We must not give up.
“I am in high spirit, I am not afraid, I don’t care what they do. We need a brand new country, that’s what I’m about,” he added.
Sowore and Bakare were arraigned on Monday by the Federal Government on seven charges before Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu.
The charges filed against Sowore and Bakare by the government are alleged conspiracy to commit treason and money laundering among others.
Both men have been granted bail in the sum of N150 million.
The court, however, gave them some conditions, including depositing their travel documents and their movement restricted to Abuja.