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BREAKING: Prosecutors pay Sowore N200,000; re-arraign him and  Bakare

BREAKING: Prosecutors pay Sowore N200,000; re-arraign him and Bakare

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The prosecutors of Omoyele Sowore told the Federal High Court, Abuja, today that it had paid the N200,000 fine imposed on it while it re-arraigned him.
But the court fixed March 11 to 13 for the trial of Omoyele Sowore and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare, although on amended charges of treasonable felony.
The trial could not proceed because the prosecution had yet to serve the defence copies of the electronic video CDs it intended to rely on.
Meanwhile, the prosecution informed the court that it had paid the N200,000 fine awarded against it.
The lead prosecution, Aminu Alilu, confirmed that the payment was made to the defendants on yesterday.
Alilu also applied that the amended two counts charge newly filed against the defendants on February 10, 2020, be substituted with the old charges filed on September 20, 2019.
He said: “As a law-abiding officer of the Attorney-General of the Federation, we have complied with my lord’s order regarding the cost and supply of some materials to the defence.
“We have the evidence of payment before my lord and it can be confirmed by the defence.
“Having said that, we will be applying for the substitution of an earlier charge filed on September 20, 2019, but dated September 19, 2019, to be substituted with two counts amended information dated February 10, 2020, and filed on February 11, 2020.”
Responding, defence lawyer, Abdul Mahmud, confirmed that the N200, 000 fine had been paid to the defence through the bank account of a senior member of the team, Mr Olayinka Olumide-Fusika, SAN.
Thereafter, the defendants were arraigned on the amended two-count charge filed by the prosecution in which the two men were accused of planning a protest tagged #RevolutionNow aimed at toppling the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd).
The amendment of the charge reduced the original seven counts to two.
The prosecution has discarded the earlier alleged offences of money laundering and cyber-stalking Buhari by abusing him.

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