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Court adjourns Sowore’s trial over statement by FG’s witness

A Federal High Court in Abuja, has adjourned the trial of Omoleye Sowore over disparity in the written and oral statement by the witness of the Federal government of Nigeria Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu adjourned the trial to the 1st and 2nd of April 2020. She said the scope of the written statement and the oral statement given by one Rashida Olawale the first witness in the trial.

The covener of the #RevolutionNow movement, Omoyele Sowore and his co-defendant Olawale Bakare are facing trial over allegations of treasonable felony and money laundering by the federal government. The Nigerian government presented its first witness, Rasheed Olawale, a principal staff of the Department of the State Services (DSS) during the trial unmasked.

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The witness disclosed that prior to Sowore’s arrest in August 2019, intelligence was gotten by the DSS that Sowore had planned to topple the Nigerian government through public procession, sensitization of public and designing of grafitis in Maryland, Lagos State. Sowore’s counsel, Femi Falana however objected, saying that the statement of the oral witness must not be outside the written statement they were served. In delivering her ruling, Justice Ojukwu adjourned the trial to allow the prosecution counsel reproduce the defence with fresh evidence.

Prosecution counsel, Christian Irabor had argued that the oral statement of the witness cannot be limited in the view of Justice and therefore the objection by the defence was lacking in merit. Defence counsel said the Court had already ruled on the matter and the witness statement could lead to the miscarriage of Justice.

A Federal High Court in Abuja, has adjourned the trial of Omoleye Sowore over disparity in the written and oral statement by the witness of the Federal government of Nigeria Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu adjourned the trial to the 1st and 2nd of April 2020. She said the scope of the written statement and the oral statement given by one Rashida Olawale the first witness in the trial.

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