- The federal Supreme Court, sitting in Abuja on Wednesday, May 18, declined to release Nnamdi Kanu on bail
- According to sources of the court, the IPOB leader must explain why he violated the terms of his release previously granted
- However, the presiding judge, Judge Binta Nyako, said Kanu has the right
FCT, Abuja – The release request of Nnamdi Kanu, the detained leader of the Prohibited Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB ), was denied by the Federal Court in Abuja.
The court on Wednesday, May 18th, denied the motion pending the indictment of He was investigated for treason by the federal government.
Judge Binta Nyako, the presiding judge, ruled that Kanu must explain why he violated the previous Ka ution imposed on him before receiving another favorite attractive offer from the court, reports Vanguard.
According to Judge Nyako:
“Until on the question of the defendant’s absence from his trial, with all the bail conditions violated, the defendant’s immediate request for bail is premature at best and will be denied.
“However, the defendant is free to decline the request to be retried.”
In the Court’s view, the suspect’s trial has been affected by various setbacks since 2015 due to numerous interlocutory motions filed in the matter.
The court then asked the parties to bring the case to trial to allow the indictment to be determined.
FG amends charges against IPOB leader Kanu, justified
Remember d aran that the government wanted to retrial Kanu on an amended charge of treason on six counts.
The change came during a day-long trial that Judge Binta Nyako had ruled to hear a request from Kanu for bail pending a decision on the charges against him.
A member of Kanu’s legal team who is after Desiring anonymity, FG announced that in the amended indictment, FG had listed some attorneys representing the embattled IPOB leader, including Mr Ifeanyi Ejiofor and Mr Maxwell Opara, as accomplices to the defendant.
The position of the Federal government
The government, it was obtained, claimed said lawyers were in constant contact with Kanu after he bailed and fled the country.