The Nigerian government has told the Federal High Court that the charges against the detained publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, attract “capital punishment”, in an argument against his release from custody.
A government lawyer said the court should decide “in the interest of national security” whether Mr Sowore should be given bail.
Mr Sowore’s lawyer, Femi Falana, accused the lawyer of trying to mislead the court.
The prosecution lawyer, G. A Agbadua, made the request on Tuesday after withdrawing an initial application for Mr Sowore’s further detention for 20 days.
The Court after hearing the argument of both parties ruled in favour of Mr Sowere. Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered that the #RevolutionNow protest convener, Mr Omoyele Sowore should be released from the custody of the Department of State Service.
In his ruling on Tuesday, the judge said the activist should be released to his lawyer, Mr Femi Falana (SAN), who is to produce him for arraignment whenever he is required.
Justice Taiwo further ordered the SaharaReporters owner to deposit his passport and other travel documents to guarantee his availability for trial since charges had already been filed against the activist.