Mr Omoyele Sowore, a presidential hopeful in 2023, was arraigned on cybercrime charges on Wednesday at the Federal High Court in Abuja.
Following accusations from a businessman, Mr Ned Nwoko, the Federal Government filed three-count criminal charges against him.
Although Sowore was present in court to enter his plea, the Sahara Reporters who were accused with him were not there and were not represented by a legal practitioner.
Mr Emmanuel Inegbenoise, counsel for the Federal Government, informed the court that Sahara Reporters, as the second defendant, had not been served with a copy of the criminal charges, as required by law.
He requested a brief delay so that he could properly serve the accusations.
Mr Tope Temokin, Sowore’s counsel, did not oppose to the adjournment request.
Despite initially announcing his attendance for the second defendant, Temakin withdrew his appearance in a stunning change.
In a brief order, Justice Emeka Nwite scheduled the trial, granted the adjournment motion, and set the arraignment for April 25.
Justice Nwite directed the Federal Government to ensure that the charges were served on the second defendant before the adjourned date.
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