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Sowore: Judge Withdraws From Suit Over Publication Against Him

David Ugbabe

Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the Federal High Court in Abuja, on Monday, withdrew from a suit seeking the release of the Omoyele Sowore from the custody of the Department of State Service DSS.

The withdrawal was said to be because of a publication by Sahara Reporter which alleged that the judge had taken a bribe to influence the outcome of the trial of a former Governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam.

Justice Mohammed under whose auspices the ‘Sowore's case’ is being tried, gave reasons for his decision stating that it was the fair, just, and proper thing to do.

He said the reports put him in a situation whereby if he ruled in favour of Sowore, it could be perceived as having been blackmailed by Sowore to so rule. And that in the event that he ruled against the publisher, he could be perceived as being vengeful.

Recall that Susman under the auspices of Justice Okon Abang is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Mohammed was formerly in charge of the same case when the reports by Sahara Reporters in 2016 and 2019 made him withdraw from the former governor’s trial.

After the first report in 2016, Justice Mohammed only proceeded with the case in 2016 after he was prevailed upon by the prosecution and defence teams to continue with the case.

Meanwhile, he added that he could no longer take any more of it when a similar report was published forcing him to throw in the towel over the case.

Hence, the Judge issued an order that the case file be sent back to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice John Tsoho, for reassignment to another judge.

Meanwhile, Sowore has remained in the custody of the DSS since his rearrest on Friday, December 6 with no court order to do so.

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