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Federal Government Discontinues Treason Trial of Omoyele Sowore, Co-defendant

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Federal Government Discontinues Treason Trial of Omoyele Sowore, Co-defendant

The trial of politician and media owner, Omoyele Sowore, and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare, has been discontinued by the Federal Government.

This decision was communicated to the Federal High Court in Abuja through a notice filed by the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Justice Minister Lateef Fagbemi (SAN).

According to the notice, the decision to discontinue the trial was made in accordance with the powers conferred on the AGF under Section 174 (1) (c) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, as amended, and Section 107 (1) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015.

The notice, dated February 14, was filed the following day.

Sowore and Bakare were initially arraigned in 2019 before the Federal High Court in Abuja on a seven-count charge, which included treasonable felony and related offences.

The discontinuation of the trial implies that the charges against them will no longer be pursued. The reasons behind the government’s decision to discontinue the trial have not been explicitly stated in the notice.

However, this development marks a significant shift in the legal proceedings involving Sowore and Bakare.

The discontinuation of the trial does not absolve the defendants of any alleged wrongdoing. It simply means that the government has chosen not to pursue the charges further.

This article was updated 2 months ago

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