Court Grants Nnamdi Kanu Bail

The leader of the Indigenous people of Biafra, Mr Nnamdi Kanu has been granted bail by the Federal High Court in the sum of N100 million on Tuesday. The trial judge, Justice Binta Nyako, granted bail to the defendant to enable him to attend to his ailing health. The judge, in addition, ordered that the…”
Elizabeth Usen
April 26, 2017 3:12 pm

The leader of the Indigenous people of Biafra, Mr Nnamdi Kanu has been granted bail by the Federal High Court in the sum of N100 million on Tuesday.

The trial judge, Justice Binta Nyako, granted bail to the defendant to enable him to attend to his ailing health.

The judge, in addition, ordered that the defendant produces three sureties with N100 million each.
Kanu, Onwudiwe Chidiebere, Banjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi were arraigned by the federal government last year on an 11-count charge bordering on terrorism, treasonable felony and illegal possession of firearms, among others.

But Justice Nyako had struck out six out of the 11 amended charges filed against the defendants on grounds that they lacked competence.

Ruling on the bail application of the defendants, the judge said she was convinced that Kanu’s ailment was one that needed serious medical attention than the current medical facilities provided by the prison authorities.

“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,” she said.

The court, however, said that the sureties to be provided by Kanu should include a highly respected Jewish leader since according to her, the defendant claimed Judaism as his religion.

Another of the sureties, according to the judge, should be a senior and highly placed individual of Igbo extraction and in the ranking of a senator, while the last is expected to be a respected individual resident in Abuja with proof of ownership of landed property.

In addition, Justice Nyako said Kanu must never be seen in a crowd of more than 10 persons, adding: “No interviews and no rallies.”
Also, the judge ordered Kanu to deposit his international passport including his British passport with the court, adding that the court should on a monthly basis be furnished with a progress report on his health.

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