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A magistrate’s court in Wuse, Abuja, on Wednesday, granted bail to six #EndSARS protesters who were arrested in front of the National Assembly complex, Abuja.

Thousands of Nigerians marched in Lagos and other cities across the country to demand an end to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, or SARS, a police unit accused of extrajudicial killings and abuses.

And, Oluwatosin Adeniyi, Paul Akinwumi, Davo Chomo, Abdulsalam Zuberu, Kabiru Gasali, and Yasiru Bashir were among those that continued protesting in Abuja before their arrest.

The government announced the unit had been disbanded, but many Nigerians remain skeptical, as officials have promised an end to the unit and its alleged abuses before.

The six protesters were arraigned before the court shortly after they were arrested on November 6.

The court which refused to grant them bail after they pleaded not guilty to the charges, had ordered their remand in prison.

But on Wednesday, ruling on the bail application filed by the defence counsel, Tope Akinyode, the presiding magistrate granted bail to each of the six defendants in the sum of N50,000 and one surety in like sum.

The magistrate, Abdurazak Eneye, ordered that the sureties must deposit the N50, 000 bail sum at the court registry.

He also ruled that the surety to be presented by each of the defendants must be Nigerian citizens with a verifiable means of identification.

He ordered that copies of their of means of identity and documents showing their means of livelihood must be deposited at the court too.

The group had also staged a protest at the police headquarters and the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, last Sunday, where they were dispersed by aviation security operatives.

Their trial was adjourned till January 25, 2021.

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