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Tuesday, June 28, 2022

IPOB Leader's Fresh Bail Application Fails

 • Kanu and his lawyers yesterday
  

| The Daily Crucible | Tuesday, June 28, 2022

By Jane Okafor, Abuja 
Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday Dismissed fresh bail application of embattled leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra(IPOB) Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.

The application was filed pending the determination of the treasonable felony charge earlier filed against him by the Federal Government.

Kanu is currently battling a seven-count charge slammed on him. 

The IPOB leader had in the application he filed through his team of lawyers led by Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), also challenged the revocation of the bail the court earlier granted to him.

He asked 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.

He told the court that contrary to FG’s allegation that he jumped bail, he said that he fled the country to save his life from invading Nigerian soldiers.

He argued that after his home town at Afaraukwu Ibeku in Umuahia, Abia State, came under attack by soldiers, alleging that the invasion led to the death of 28 persons.

While contending that he was denied fair hearing before his bail was revoked, Kanu, attached eight exhibits that included photographs, as well as an affidavit he deposed to from Isreal after he fled from the country.

However, in dismissing the bail request on Tuesday, trial Justice Binta Nyako, said she was not satisfied with the reason aduced by the IPOB leader for his failure to appear in court for continuation of his trial.

The trial judge recalled that from records, Kanu's lawyer and sureties were in court on the day his bail was revoked.

The Daily Crucible reports that the Judge had also on March 18, refused to release Kanu on bail, saying he must give valid justificatio n for breaching the previous bail that was granted him, before he could seek favourable discretion from it.

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

"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.

“Until the issue of the absence of the defendant for his trial, with all the bail conditions breached, is determined, the instant application of the defendant for bail will at best be premature and it is refused.

“However, the defendant is at liberty to re-file the application,” Justice Nyako said.

The case has been adjourned till November 14 for mention/to await the outcome of Kanu’s appeal.


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