Kanu Renews Bail Application Before Court
Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has given condition for his return to Nigeria to continue facing trial.
The IPOB leader said he was ready to return and face trial if the court could guarantee his safety.
Kanu made his submission on Thursday while speaking through his lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor before Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court, Abuja.
Ejiofor was in court to pursue an application to restore the IPOB leader’s bail so that he could face his trial.
“We have an application for bail filed on April 1, 2019, the application was served on the prosecution and it is ripped for hearing.
“We urge the court to restore his bail on the ground that the court will guarantee his safety when he comes back to the country to continue his trial,” he said.
However, counsel to the Federal Government, Labaran Shuaibu, told the court that he was just seeing the process and therefore opposed to the bail application.
He urged the court to adjourn the matter to enable them file the necessary processes.
Naija News recalls Justice Nyako had granted Nnamdi Kanu bail on health grounds on April 25, 2017, and asked him to present three sureties, one of whom must be a serving senator, a Jewish religious leader and a highly respected person who must own a landed property in Abuja.
She subsequently revoked the bail and issued a bench warrant for his arrest following the inability of Kanu’s lawyers and his sureties to produce him in court for continued trial.
However, during her ruling on Thursday, Justice Nyako lamented that even judges are no longer safe in the country.
She said the only way she could guarantee Nnamdi Kanu’s safety was to remand him in prison.
“Even judges are being abducted in the country. So prison is the only safest place for him,” she said.
She thereafter adjourned the matter till Jan. 16, 2020.