Again, Court Denies Nnamdi Kanu Bail

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A Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday dismissed the bail application filed by leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, and three others.

The embattled leader of IPOB and three others have been in detention since October last year for allegations bothering on treasonable felony and involvement in acts of terrorism.

He had since then filed to be released from the custody of the State Security Service, but has always being denied bail.

The three other pro-Biafra agitators, who are facing trial alongside Kanu, are Mr. Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi.

The Presiding judge, Justice Binta Nyako, ruling on the applications filed by the four defendants, held that they were not deserving as most of the charges preferred against were “ordinarily not bailable”.

Recall that the same court had in December 17, 2015 ordered that the SSS release Mr. Kanu unconditionally. But that ruling was upturned by another judge, John Tsoho in January.

Shortly after his ruling refusing the bail, Mr. Kanu accused him of bias forcing Mr. Tsoho to withdraw from the matter and the case was later re-assigned to Justice Nyako.

Nyako stated on Thursday that though the case started de novo (afresh) before her, there were no new facts and circumstances that could warrant her to grant bail to the accused.

“The offences are serious in nature. I hereby refuse the bail and order accelerated hearing within two months,” said Justice Nyako.