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Court fixes March 19 to rule on Nnamdi Kanu’s fresh bail application

Court fixes March 19 to rule on Nnamdi Kanu’s fresh bail application
February 26
17:20 2024

A federal high court in Abuja has fixed March 19 to rule on a fresh bail application filed by Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

Kanu is standing trial on a seven-count charge over alleged terrorism.

Moving the bail application at the resumed court session on Monday, Aloy Ejimakor, one of Kanu’s lawyers said the health of the IPOB leader is seriously deteriorating.

The lawyer told the court that Kanu has a serious heart condition as confirmed by a federal government-owned hospital.

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“Our humble submission is that the medical condition of the defendant speaks for itself and the health challenge persists despite the treatment offered him by the detaining authority,” Ejimakor said.

Ejimakor added that his client is unable to adequately prepare for his defence in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).

He said operatives of the DSS “eavesdrop” on confidential conversations between Kanu and his legal team.

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However, Adegboyega Awomolo, prosecution counsel, opposed the bail application.

The senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN) prayed the court to dismiss the application and order an accelerated hearing of the case.

Awomolo said the DSS has been giving Kanu proper care, adding that the IPOB leader has failed to show the court that he would not jump bail.

He said the requests by the defendant were “irritating” as they lacked legal basis.

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After listening to the parties, Binta Nyako, the presiding judge, fixed March 19 for ruling on the bail application and March 20 for the continuation of the trial.

Kanu, who has been in the custody of the DSS since his arrest in 2020, was present in court.

After his extradition in June 2020, the federal government filed terrorism charges against him.

In April 2022, Nyako struck out eight of the 15 counts in the charge.

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The remaining seven counts were also quashed by the court of appeal on October 13, 2022, with the judge ordering Kanu’s release.

However, on October 28, 2022, the court of appeal granted a stay of execution on its verdict discharging Kanu, after the federal government filed an appeal at the supreme court.

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On December 15, 2023, a five-member panel of the apex court reversed the verdict of the appeal court and ordered Kanu to resume his trial before the federal high court.

 

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