Judge withdraws from suit seeking Sowore's release over publications by Sahara Reporters

Mon Dec 23rd, 2019 - Abuja (FCT)

Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the Federal High Court in Abuja Monday withdrew from a suit seeking the release of the #RevolutionNow protests convener, Omoyele Sowore, the Department of State Service’s custody.

Mohammed said he could not hear or declare judgment on Sowore’s case filed on December 10. He explained that it was the fair, just and proper thing to do in view of the previous publications by Sowore’s medium, Sahara Reporters.

Sahara Reporter has accused the judge of taking bribe to influence the outcome of the trial of a former Governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam.

Susman is currently prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission before another judge of the court, Justice Okon Abang.

Mohammed said that the reports by Sahara Reporters in 2016 and 2019 made him to withdraw from the former governor’s trial.

He stated that the first report was published in 2016 and he was prevailed upon by the prosecution and defence teams to continue with the case.




source: Guardian