By Toby Prince
The legal team of Sahara Reporters publisher, Omoyele Sowore, has rejected a possible offer by President, Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide, Apostle Johnson Suleman, to stand surety for the detained activist.
Suleman, in a tweet on Monday, said he was considering standing as surety for the controversial activist.
However, one of Sowore’s lawyers, Inibehe Effiong, revealed hat Suleman was not eligible to stand surety for the detained activist.
Effiong said the court was clear that the surety must be resident in Abuja.
He further stated that the cleric had been involved in a public spat with Sowore and therefore, there was conflict of interest.
He said, “His (Suleman’s) offer cannot be considered let alone accepted. The man who is making the offer is on record of having had a public altercation with Sowore. So, there will be no basis for Sowore to consider it.
“The court stated that the surety must be resident in Abuja and the last time I checked, he was not resident in Abuja. So, I am not sure he is eligible to stand surety for him. So there is no way Sowore can accept such an offer.
“So, we are turning it down and we are not even considering it. The way the Federal Government politicised the matter, made it difficult for the bail conditions to be met. But we are in the process of perfecting the bail.”