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New Date Set as Sowore’s Alleged Treason Case Faces Delay

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New Date Set as Sowore’s Alleged Treason Case Faces Delay

The alleged treason case against Omoyele Sowore, the publisher of SaharaReporters and former presidential candidate, experienced a delay at the Abuja Federal High Court on Tuesday. Sowore faces charges of treasonable felony, which were filed by the government after he called for the #RevolutionNow protest on August 5, 2019.

However, the proceedings scheduled for Tuesday were put on hold as the judge handling the case was away on a national assignment. Sowore’s lawyer, Marshal Abubakar, informed journalists that the judge had been assigned to a different court in another jurisdiction. Consequently, Sowore is expected to appear for a hearing on February 14, 2024.

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On the previous adjourned date of November 15, Justice Nwite had threatened to strike out the case if the government failed to serve the charge on the second defendant, Olawale Bakare. The prosecution counsel, Ms. Mariam Okorie, expressed uncertainty about Bakare being served with the notice. Sowore’s counsel, Abubakar, accused the prosecution team of trying to frustrate his client by not serving him with the second defendant’s hearing notice.

Abubakar had written to the Attorney General of the Federation and the Minister of Justice, requesting the charge to be dropped so that Sowore could enter his plea and face trial. The prosecutor said they would await the minister’s response to determine the next step. Justice Nwite warned that failure to comply with the court’s order to serve the second defendant could lead to the matter being struck out.

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