The leader of the Indigenous people of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu on Thursday, December 1, suffered a fresh setback following the decision of the court on his bail application.
Mr. Kanu and three others – Benjamin Nmadubugwu, Chidiebere Onwudiwe and David Nwawusi – were arraigned by the Department of State Services before the Federal High Court in Abuja.
They were accused among others, of mismanagement of an unlawful society, treasonable felony and concealing of goods in a container.
However, while giving her ruling, Justice Binta Nyako said, the charges against the defendants are not entirely bailable as argued by their counsels.
Mrs. Nyako said the charge of treasonable felony, which hands on the necks of the defendants, attracts a life sentence.
She further denied them bail on the grounds that their case was sensitive to national security.
Also, on an argument raised by Ifeanyi Ejiofor counsel to Mr. Kanu that President Muhammadu Buhari had made a statement on national television tacitly declaring the IPOB leader guilty of the offence, Nyako said: “The president has freedom of speech; he can express his opinion on any matter.”
She also ordered that the defendants be remanded in Kuje Prison in Abuja pending the outcome of their trial.
The accused persons had earlier applied for bail following their re-arraignment which occurred after two judges – Justice Adeniyi Ademola and John Tsoho – had disqualified themselves from the matter.
The judges’ decision came after Mr. Kanu during previous court sitting had said he lacked confidence that he would get justice from the two courts.
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