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IPOB Leader Nnamdi Kanu Granted Bail on Health Grounds with Strict Conditions

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The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Tuesday admitted the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, to bail on health grounds.

In a brief ruling, Justice Binta Nyako, said that she was convinced that Kanu was ill and needed more medical attention than the Nigerian Prisons was giving him.

“The first defendant, Nnamdi Kanu, has appealed to the court for bail based on health grounds and it is only the living that can stand trial. So I am minded to grant him bail so that he can attend to his health and face his trial alive,” Nyako said.

She, however, ordered that while on bail, Kanu must not hold any rallies, grant any interviews or be in a crowd of more than 10 people.

Nyako gave other bail conditions to include three sureties in the sum of N100 million each.

She added that one of the sureties must be a senior highly placed person of Igbo extraction such as a senator.

The other surety must be a highly respected Jewish leader since Kanu said his religion was Judaism, while the third person must be a highly respected person who owns landed property and is resident in Abuja.

The judge further ordered that Kanu must deposit both his Nigerian and British passports with the court and that a report on the progress of his health must be made available to her on a monthly basis.

However, she refused bail to the three other defendants standing trial with Kanu, namely Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi.

The judge maintained that the only reason she admitted Kanu to bail was because of his ill health.

She said that although the charge of terrorism had been struck out against the defendants, the charge of treasonable felony hanging over them was a very serious offence.

She also refused a second application by the three defendants seeking a review of her earlier ruling that witnesses who were security personnel should be protected.

She said although the defendants had made the application for variation of the ruling based on the grounds that the charge of terrorism had been dropped, the charge of treasonable felony was equally a grave one.

Based on this, she said she would stick to her earlier ruling that as long as the witnesses were security personnel, they would testify behind a curtain or wear a mask.

She adjourned the matter till July 11 and 12, for definite commencement of trial.

Nnamdi Kanu (right) and Governor Ayo Fayose in court today

 

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, and former Minister of Aviation, Osita Chidoka, were in court according to them, as a sign of solidarity with Kanu.

Kanu was arrested in 2015 on an 11-count charge bordering on terrorism and treasonable felony.

Six of the charges, including that of terrorism were struck out early in 2017.

Photo Credit: Sahara Reporters

10 Comments

  1. Amaka

    April 25, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    Fayose. God bless you.

  2. Esther I O

    April 25, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    And what is Gov. Fayose doing there??

    • Anon

      April 25, 2017 at 5:36 pm

      He’s one of his biggest supporters.

    • John

      April 25, 2017 at 6:25 pm

      Something you apparently don’t know about or understand….he was there to show solidarity and empathy.

  3. Tee

    April 25, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    Isn’t the first picture a breech of bail terms??

    • Ottawa Queen

      April 25, 2017 at 5:18 pm

      That’s exactly what I said. I can already see more than 10 people. Lmao! Naija! It’s difficult to uphold to such terms. We are a crowd, so there must be gatherings o!

  4. Psalm

    April 25, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    This is how a judge grants you bail when they really don’t want to do it. Certainly one of the most punitive, sarcastic and discriminatory bail conditions I have read.
    So because you profess a particular religion then one of your sureties must be a highly respected practitioner of that religion.
    The bail conditions sound like they were written by the prosecutor.
    Even if Kanu finds it easy fulfilling those conditions (that of judaism especially), I still consider the ruling a punishment of some sort.

  5. amaa

    April 25, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    They should continue making this man a hero . He should have been granted bail a long time he isn’t a flight risk.

  6. nnenne

    April 26, 2017 at 12:01 am

    APC military, autocratic government of Nigeria, keep disgracing your self.
    You have just show cased yourselves to the world today.
    You forgot we are in the Internet age. Nothing is hidden anymore! !

    What if these hidden witnesses are lying?

    BTW, is Buhari back to London or they brought London to him ?
    The same person who campaigned against medical tourism!
    Nigeria is a joke.

    What if Nnamdi wants to go to London, where he resides for treatment? Why not? An old man’s life and a young man’s life, which is more precious, especially when the young man is a British citizen?

    Am all for peace, equity, fairness and justice.

  7. kkay

    April 28, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    Buhari is just a tyrant. God please, send us a Rawlings.

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