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Federal High Court Dismisses Nnamdi Kanu’s Bail Plea

Federal High Court Dismisses Nnamdi Kanu’s Bail Plea

Federal High Court Dismisses Nnamdi Kanu’s Bail Plea

Court Dismisses Nnamdi Kanu’s Bail Plea

Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra, was denied bail by a Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday.

In a judgement, Justice Binta Nyako stated that because Kanu was previously granted bail in 2017 and then jumped it, the court must first ascertain the true reason for his bail leap before granting another.

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Justice Nyako then dismissed the application for bail, NAN reports.

The court had, on April 8, exonerated the Federal Government on the allegation that the leader of the IPOB was forcefully abducted abroad to stand his trial.

Nyako, in a ruling, held that rendition for the purpose of criminal investigation is allowed.

Federal High Court Dismisses Nnamdi Kanu’s Bail Plea

Nyako said since Kanu was on a bench warrant, the law allowed that anywhere he is sighted, he can be arrested and be brought to face his trial.

“Rendition for the purpose of criminal investigation is allowed.

“In the instant case, there is a bench warrant on the defendant (Kanu). Suffice to say, he is a fugitive before the court,” she said.

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The judge, who dismissed Kanu’s move to challenge the terrorism charge, upheld seven counts in the fresh charge filed by the federal government against the IPOB leader.

Nyako said that the federal government, through the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation, had been able to established some allegations against Kanu in counts one, two, three, four, five, eight and 15.

“Counts one, two, three, four, five, eight and 15 show some allegations. The court shall proceed to try the defendant (Kanu) on those counts, ” she ruled.

Federal High Court Dismisses Nnamdi Kanu’s Bail Plea

After the review of the 15 counts, she held that about eight of the counts appeared to be similar and did not disclose action.

She, therefore, ordered that counts six, seven, nine, 10, 11, 12 13 and 14 should be struck out.

Nyako also ruled that the order proscribing IPOB as a terror group still subsisted until it was vacated since the issue was still on appeal.

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She dismissed the argument of Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, counsel for Kanu, that whether IPOB was a terrorist organisation under the Nigerian law or not was still a subject of an appeal.

As of the time of filing this report, the hearing in the matter is still ongoing.

 

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