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Court Rules On Nnamdi Kanu’s Fresh Bail Application


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The ruling of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja was not in favour of the embattled leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, Naija News reports.

The secessionist had filed a fresh application seeking his release on bail pending the determination of the treasonable felony charge the Federal Government preferred against him.

The application, however, was trashed when Kanu and his legal team appeared before the court for hearing on Tuesday.

Naija News reports that Kanu is currently facing a seven-count charge filed against him by President Muhammadu Buhari’s led government.

The Biafra agitator had through his team of lawyers led by Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, equally challenge the revocation of the bail the court earlier granted to him.

Kanu specifically urged the court to set aside the order it made on March 28, 2019, which not only issued a bench warrant for his arrest but also gave FG the nod to try him in absentia.

However, Justice Binta Nyako who is in charge of the case said on Tuesday that she was not satisfied with the reason the IPOB leader gave for his failure to appear in court for the continuation of his trial.

The trial judge noted that from records of the court, Kanu was represented by his lawyer on the day his bail was revoked, likewise his sureties.

“In fact, he sureties told the court that they did not know the whereabouts of the Defendant and even applied to be discharged from the matter.

“Therefore the Defendant was not denied fair hearing”, she said.

Justices Nyako also held that though a court could vacate a previous order when confronted with a cogent and verifiable reason, “in the instant case, I have not been given any, neither have I been given any reason to set aside the order.

“The present application amounts to an abuse of court process for attempting to relitigate an issue already decided by the court.

“If the Defendant is dissatisfied, he has the Appeal Court to go to. This application is accordingly dismissed,” the judge ruled.

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