Court Grants 6 Arrested EndSARS Protesters Bail in Abuja

Charles Nwoke, Abuja, Nigeria.

An Abuja based Magistrate court has granted bail to the six arrested EndSARS protesters.

The Chief Magistrate of the court, Musa Abdulrazaq Eneye, in a ruling, granted that each of the six protesters would be released on bail at the cost of N50,000 with one surety in the like sum.

Musa said the surety must have sources of income and must submit a recent passport photograph to the court register.

The 6 persons in Nigeria Correctional Centre today granted bail include: Olutosin Adeniji, Yasidu Bashiru, Abdulsalam Zubairu, Kabiru Garzali, Paul Akinwumi, and Devour Chomo.

They were arrested in Abuja last week while wearing RevolutionNow crested T-Shirt during a protest at the National Assembly and were arraigned on November 6, 2020, by the FCT Commissioner of Police on 3 count charges of criminal conspiracy, unlawful assemblage, and inciting public disturbances contrary to Section 97 of the Penal Code.

Although the defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges, they were however ordered to be remanded at the Suleja Correctional Centre pending the time their formal bail application would be heard.

At the mention of the case on Wednesday, defense lawyer, Tope Akinyode argued the bail application and urged the court to admit the defendants on bail on liberal terms.

The prosecution was not represented at the hearing of the bail application, even when the court noted that the police were served.

In his ruling on the bail application, Magistrate Musa said that the facts deposited in the affidavit evidence of the defendants were convincing enough to warrant the grant of the bail.

The Chief Magistrate said that the court must not refuse bail to punish the defendants while bail conditions must not be too excessive so as not to amount to the denial of bail.