Sowore granted bail


A Nigerian activist and former presidential candidate whose detention prompted protests by rights groups was released on bail, the news organisation he founded said on Twitter.

Omoyele Sowore, who ran for president in the February election in which President Muhammadu Buhari secured a second term, was arrested in August and in September pleaded not guilty to charges of treason, money laundering and harassing the president.

His continued detention despite being granted bail in October led to criticism of Buhari’s administration and claims human rights were flouted in his case and other high-profile figures.

Among other cases, the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) Shi’ite Muslim group has been held since 2015 without trial.

The Department for State Security did not release Sowore for several weeks saying his bail conditions were not met. On Thursday a court in Abuja said he must be released within 24 hours.

“He was released on Thursday evening after the Federal High Court in Abuja ordered his release for the third time,” said a tweet by Sahara Reporters, the online Nigerian news organisation Sowore founded.