Activist publisher Omoyele Sowore will not return to Kuje prison, an Abuja magistrate ordered on Tuesday.
But the court also ruled that the activist will not be released on bail.
Sowore has, instead, been handed over to the police. The magistrate reportedly delayed hearing the bail application then emerged later in the day to say the hearing had to be adjourned over time constraints.
Sowore will now be held at the Force CID at Area 10 until his bail hearing is again heard on Friday, January 8.
The same will apply to the four other defendants who were arrested alongside Sowore. They are part of the Revolution Now movement which authorities accuse of trying to topple the Nigerian government.
They were arrested while staging a “crossover protest” on New Year’s Eve.
“We just ended a weird court bail proceeding, the regime is scared and doing everything to keep us detained and hurt,” Sowore said in a social media post after the adjournment.
“But these acts won’t delay our liberation as a people, rather it will hasten it.
“A magistrate just ruled that we should be remanded in police custody instead of (being granted) bail,” he said.