Friday, 29 January 2016

A Federal High Court in Abuja has denied bail to
the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra and
founder of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, and his two
other co-accused.
Kanu and two others are being prosecuted for
treasonable felony and other offences bordering on
their agitation for secession of the Republic of
Biafra from Nigeria.
Justice John Tsoho in rejecting the accused
persons’ bail application on Friday held that they
were not entitled to bail as they failed to show that
they would not continue to commit the alleged
crime for which they were being prosecuted.
The judge also upheld the contention by the
prosecuting counsel, Mr. Mohammed Diri, who had
opposed the bail application, to the effect that the
accused were likely to interfere with and intimidate
prosecuting witnesses.
The judge also ruled that contrary to the contention
by defence lawyers, the charges preferred against
the accused were not trumped up.
The court held that rather than contradict the
allegations levelled against the accused persons in
the counter-affidavit filed by the prosecution in
opposition to their bail application, the defendants
only went on to insist that the agitation for the
Republic of Biafra was within their right.
The judge also ruled that Kanu’s admission that he
was a dual citizen of Nigeria and Britain further
heightened the possibility of him jumping bail.
The judge ruled that rather than grant bail to the
accused person, he would order an accelerated
hearing of the case with the possibility of hearing it
on daily basis.
The judge ordered that the accused persons should
remain in Kuje prison throughout their trial.
He adjourned till February 9, 10, 11 and 12 for trial.
Kanu, David Nwawusi and Benjamin Madubugwu
were being prosecuted on six counts of
treasonable felony and unlawful possession of
firearms preferred against them by the Federal
Government.

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