Sowore fulfills bail conditions

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Candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) candidate in the February 23 presidential election, Mr. Omoyele Sowore, on Wednesday met the bail conditions given by the Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday for his release.

Sowore’s lawyers led by senior counsel Mr. Femi Falana deposed to an affidavit confirming compliance with the order, Wednesday.

Punch reports that affidavit of compliance with court order deposed to by a lawyer in Falana’s law firm, Mr. Marshal Abubakar, was filed before the Federal High Court in Abuja as confirmation of the submission of Sowore’s affidavit to the Deputy Chief Registrar of the court.

It reads in part, “That on September 24, 2019, this honorable court per Hon. Justice Taiwo Taiwo mandated the applicant/respondent to release the respondent/applicant forthwith.

“That the said order has since been served on the applicant/respondent (DSS). Attached hereto and marked Exhibit 1 is a copy of the endorsement by the applicant/respondent.

“That the court also ordered the respondent/applicant to deposit his international passport with the Deputy Chief Registrar of this honorable court within 48 hours.

“That the respondent/applicant’s international passport with passport number A50255207 has been deposited with the deputy chief registrar of this honorable court.”

A letter titled, ‘Notice of compliance with court order’ was signed by Abubakar and addressed to the office of the deputy chief registrar of the Federal High Court in Abuja.

The letter was received Wednesday by the office of the DCR.

It reads in part: “In line with the court order we respectfully forward with the instant correspondence, the international passport of Mr. Stephen Omoyele Sowore with passport number A50255207 to your good self.”

It would be recalled that Justice Taiwo Taiwo had on Tuesday ordered Sowore’s immediate release from the custody of the DSS immediately.

The judge said the detainee should be released to his lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana, who would produce him for arraignment whenever he is needed.

The judge however said since charges had already been filed against Sowore, he must deposit his passport and other travel documents to guarantee his availability for trial.

He ordered that the passport should be deposited at the court’s registry within 48 hours.

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