Omoyele Sowore, and Olawale Bakare, his co-defendant, pleaded not guilty to the seven counts of treasonable felony and other allegation probed against them by the Federal Government of Nigeria through the department of State Service on Monday.
The duo was arraigned before Justice Ijeoma Ojuwku of the Federal High Court in Abuja.
The defendants’ lawyer, Adeyinka Olumide-Fusika (SAN) objection to the scheduled arraignment was dismissed by the presiding judge.
Olumide-Fusika objected that the arraignment should not proceed on the fact that the Department of State Services, who had kept Sowore in custody since August 3, 2019, and didn’t allow them to have access to consult with their lawyer after the charges were filed.
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He further said the court should keep its integrity by dismissing the arraignment because they disobey the court order which was made on September 24, 2019, for the release on bail.
Contrary to the objection raised, Hassan Liman (SAN), the prosecution lawyer said the court should reject the objection, adding that the defendants had already been served with the charges.
According to him, he said, the court order to release the defendants had lapsed since the defendants had been produced in court for arraignment.