Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), on Friday told the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja that president Muhammadu Buhari and leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) also called for a revolution in 2011 but were never arrested.
Falana in his submissions on behalf of the convener of RevolutionNow, Omoyele Sowore said the Sahara Reporters publisher warned against violence, that he merely called for peaceful protests.
“In the entire gamut of the submission of the complainant, the allegation is that the first defendant (Sowore) was going to overthrow the government of Nigeria through protests.
“He was not even accused of training people in Ghana like Chief Obafemi Awolowo when he was charged with treasonable felony. In this case, no training, no contact with any soldier.
“We have shown that leaders of the ruling party (the All Progressives Congress) have been calling for a revolution.
“In 2011, Mr. President called for revolution like the violent Egyptian revolution. In this case, the first defendant warned that nobody should engage in violence, ‘we are protesting peacefully.’
“We submit with profound respect that the use of the word ‘revolution’ has not been criminalised in Nigeria. When President Buhari called for revolution, he was never arrested or prosecuted” Falana said.
The court granted bail to Sowore in the sum of N100 million, with two sureties in like sum. The court also ordered Sowore to deposit the sum of N50m in the account of the court as security. The court equally admitted Bakare to bail in the sum of N50 million with one surety in like sum. They were also barred them from addressing any rally pending the conclusion of their trial.
The court barred Sowore from travelling out of Abuja and the second defendant out of Osogbo, during the trial. The court further held that sureties who must be resident in Abuja must also have landed assets worth the bail sum in Abuja, and they are to deposit the original title documents of the assets with the court.
The court also directed the sureties to submit their three years tax clearance certificates to the court. The judge ordered that the defendants be remanded in the custody of the Department of State Service (DSS), pending when he would meet the bail conditions. He later adjourned till November 6, 7 and 8 for trial.