ENDSARS: COURT GRANTS BAIL TO FIVE PROTESTERS
A Chief Magistrates’ Court in Wuse zone 2, Abuja, on Wednesday granted bail to five #EndSARS protesters who had been arrested by security forces at the National Assembly.
The court also granted bail to one female journalist, Oluwatosin Adeniji, who was covering the demonstration last Friday.
Report says the six are to appear in court on January 25, 2021 for trial.
The five male protesters were identified as Yaziru Bashiru, Abdulsalam Suberu, Kabiru Gazali, Paul Akinwunmi, and Davo Chomo.
Chief Magistrate, Abdulrazak Eneye, granted the six youths bail after hearing the application by their counsel.
Lawyer for the remanded six, Tope Akinyode, had presented an oral application, seeking the court to grant them bail. However, the magistrate in charge of their case decided to strike out the lawyer’s oral application for bail, instead demanding that they present a written request which must be to the tune of N50,000 each with six sureties.
The chief magistrate stated that sureties would sign a bail bond of N50,000 each for the youths.
It will be recalled the court had remanded the five protesters one journalist on allegations of unlawful assembly with plans to distort societal peace.
However, their legal counsel, Tope Akinyode, said the allegations were clearly trumped up charges because the protesters protested in accordance with the law adding that Peaceful protests are constitutional in Nigeria while the police are known to use force to disperse mass demonstrations received to be against the interest of the authorities.