Criminal Law

Sowore’s arraignment over alleged cybercrime stalls

The arraignment of a 2023 presidential aspirant, Mr Omoyele Sowore, on cybercrime charges stalled on Wednesday at the Federal High Court in Abuja.
The Federal Government filed the three-count criminal charges against him following complaints by a businessman, Mr Ned Nwoko.
Although Sowore was present in court to take his plea, Sahara Reporters charged along with him was not in court and not represented by a legal practitioner.
Counsel to the Federal Government, Mr Emmanuel Inegbenoise,  told the court that Sahara Reporters as 2nd defendent has not been served with a copy of the criminal charges as required by law.
He sought for a short adjournment to enable him perfect service of the charges.
Counsel to Sowore, Mr Tope Temokin did not object to the application for adjournment.
Although, Temakin initially announced appearance for the 2nd defendent, he in a dramatic turn, withdrew his appearance.
In a short ruling, Justice Emeka Nwite billed to undertake the trial, granted adjournment request and fixed April 25 for the arraignment.
Justice Nwite ordered the Federal Government to ensure service of the charges on the 2nd defendent before the adjourned date.

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