Nnamdi Kanu’s application for bail has hit a brick wall as a Federal High Court has ruled on the matter today.
IPOB Leader, Nnamdi Kanu
A Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday denied the bail applications filed by leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, and three others with whom he is being prosecuted by the Federal Government for offences including treasonable felony and an act preparatory to act of terrorism.
Justice Binta Nyako said the four defendants were not deserving as most of the charges preferred against were “ordinarily not bailable”. This comes after Justice John Tsoho had earlier denied Kanu bail before he was Kanu accused him of bias which forced the case to be transferred to Nyako.
The case was transferred to Justice Nyako on the account of Kanu’s allegation and all the accused were re-arraigned before the judge on November 8.
Ruling on Thursday, Kustice Nyako held that she had no reason to “deviate” from the earlier “findings” Justice Tsoho, who had earlier refused to grant bail to the accused before Kanu accused him of bias and the case was later re-assigned to Justice Nyako, Punch reported.
She said denied Kanu and the others bail and said the charges preferred against them were “serious offences”. She said as an alternative, she would order accelerated hearing of the case.
Kanu’s co-accused who were denied bail on Thursday were the National Coordinator of IPOB member, Mr. Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi.
They were, in the 11 counts, including treasonable felony, accused of managing an unlawful society, publication of defamatory matter, illegal possession of firearms and improper importation of goods.
Onwudiwe was specifically accused in one of the counts of an act preparatory to an act of terrorism.
All the counts were in connection with the accused persons’ alleged broadcasts on Radio Biafra and agitation for the secession from Nigeria, states in the South-East and South-South zones and other communities in Kogi and Benue states to constitute a Republic of Biafra.