The Federal Excessive Courtroom Abuja, Wednesday, refused to grant bail to the detained chief of the Indigenous Folks of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, pending the dedication of the treasonable felony cost the federal authorities most popular towards him.
The trial Choose, Justice Binta Nyako, held that Kanu should clarify the explanation why he breached the earlier bail that was given to him, earlier than he may get pleasure from one other beneficial discretion from the court docket.
“Till the problem of absence of the defendant for his trial, with all of the bail situations breached, is decided, the moment software of the defendant for bail will at greatest be untimely and it’s refused.
“Nevertheless, the defendant is at liberty to refile the appliance”, Justice Nyako held.
The court docket famous that Kanu’s trial had since 2015, suffered numerous setbacks owing to over 19 interlocutory functions which have been filed within the matter.
It, due to this fact, implored the events to permit the case to proceed on trial to allow the cost to be decided, by hook or by crook.
Kanu had filed the appliance pursuant to sections 6(6) and 36(5) and (6) of the 1999 Structure, as amended, in addition to sections 161, 162, 163 and 165 of the Administration of Legal Justice Act, ACJA, 2015, prayed the court docket to launch him on bail, pending by dedication of the cost towards him.
He additionally prayed the court docket to order the Division of State Companies (DSS) to provide the medical report of the defendant who’s at present in its custody.
Kanu, advised the court docket that he was severely tortured for eight days in Kenya, earlier than he was repatriated again to Nigeria for continuation of his trial.
Kanu mentioned he was confined to solitary confinement the place he alleged that he was every day uncovered to psychological torture regardless of his deteriorating well being.
The IPOB chief advised the court docket that he has “credible and dependable sureties”, pledging that he wouldn’t commit any offence whereas on bail.
Apart from, Kanu, argued that he has not been tried or convicted by any court docket of legislation within the nation, contending that he was entitled to bail.
He additional drew consideration of the court docket to the truth that he was beforehand launched on bail on well being floor.
Countering, the federal authorities urged court docket to refuse the bail software, insisting that Kanu, having realised the gravity of the case towards him, would run away from the nation and never make himself obtainable for trial.
In the meantime, the court docket has struck out the newly amended six-count costs most popular towards Kanu by the federal authorities following their earlier withdrawal by the petitioner.
The withdrawal got here after Mike Ozekhome complained to the court docket that the prosecution is making an attempt to delay processes by steady modification of the cost towards his consumer.
Ozekhome advised the court docket that that is the seventh time the federal government is amending its costs.
Justice Nyako concurred to Ozekhome’s submission stating that Kanu shouldn’t be anticipated to take plea on these newly amended costs instantly, as he wants time to digest them earlier than doing so.
After listening to events out, Justice Nyako has since adjourned to Could 26 for ruling on pending functions earlier than the court docket.