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Nnamdi Kanu’s bail application is denied by the court

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The detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, or IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, asked for his release on bail pending the resolution of the federal government’s treasonable felony case it had brought against him. On Tuesday, the Federal High Court in Abuja rejected this request.

The motion Kanu presented through his legal team, which was led by Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, opposed the court’s decision to revoke the bail that it had previously given to Kanu, who is currently accused with seven charges.

He explicitly sought the court to overturn the ruling from March 28, 2019, which authorized FG to trial him in absentia and issued a bench warrant for his arrest.

Contrary to the Federal Government’s claim that he jumped bail, the IPOB leader told the court that he ran for his safety after soldiers attacked his hometown of Afaraukwu Ibeku in Umuahia, Abia State, resulting in the deaths of 28, he claimed.

Kanu added eight materials to support his claim that he was not given a fair hearing before his bail was withdrawn, including images and an affidavit he provided from Israel after fleeing the country.

Trial Judge Binta Nyako, however, denied the motion for bail on Tuesday because she was unsatisfied with the explanation the IPOB leader provided for why he did not show up for the continuation of his trial.

The trial judge observed that according to court documents, both Kanu and his sureties were represented by attorneys on the day that their bail was cancelled.

In fact, the sureties requested to be released from the case and stated to the court that they had no idea where the defendant was.

As a result, the defendant received a fair hearing.

In addition, Justices Nyako ruled that while a court might overturn a previous decision if presented with a compelling argument that could be independently verified, “in the present instance, I have not been provided with any, nor have I been provided with any basis to set-aside the decision.

“The current application attempts to relitigate a matter that has already been settled by the court, which is an abuse of the legal process.

“The Defendant may appeal to the Appeal Court if he is not satisfied.

Accordingly, this application is denied, Justice Nyako ruled.

Recall that on March 18 the court had also decided against releasing the indicted IPOB leader on bail.

The court insisted that before Kanu could receive another favorable discretion from it, he had to justify why he violated the earlier bail that had been granted to him.

“The immediate application of the defendant for release will at best be premature and it is denied until the problem of the defendant’s absence from his trial, with all the bail conditions infringed, is determined.

Justice Nyako continued, “But the defendant is free to re-file the application.”

 

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