Kanu may regain freedom December 1 *Lawyers battle on bail application

By Editor on 17/11/2016

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Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), may walk out of prison a free man on December 1, after spending more than one year behind the walls.

That is if Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court Abuja, agrees with his lawyers that he has no reason to remain behind bars, following a spirited argument they put up for him before the judge on Thursday.

Recall that Kanu, who is standing trial on a six-count charge bordering on treasonable felony, has been granted bail by Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the same Federal High Court Abuja, but was not released by the Department of State Services (DSS), who have been holding him since October 2015.

On Thursday, Nyako deferred ruling for another bail application for December 1 after spirited legal arguments from both the lawyer to the Federal Government and those representing Kanu, who is charged alongside three others for the offence of treasonable felony and an act preparatory to act of terrorism.

Justice Binta Nyako fixed the date for ruling after lawyers to the four defendants argued their separate bail applications which were opposed by the prosecuting counsel, Mr. Shuaibu Labaran, on Thursday.

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Others with whom Kanu was re-arraigned on November 8, were the National Coordinator of IPOB, Mr. Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi.

They were, in the 11 counts, including treasonable felony, managing an unlawful society, publication of defamatory matter, illegal possession of firearms and improper importation of goods.

Onwudiwe was specifically accused in one of the counts of an act preparatory to an act of terrorism.

All the counts were in connection with the accused persons’ alleged broadcasts on Radio Biafra and agitation for the secession from Nigeria, states in the South-East and South-South zones and other communities in Kogi and Benue states to constitute a Republic of Biafra.

The judge had on November 8, fixed Thursday for the hearing of the bail applications shortly after the accused pleaded not guilty to the amended 11 counts preferred against them by the Federal Government.

The four accused persons were represented by their separate lawyers, Ifeanyi Ejiofor (for Kanu); Mr. I. Adoga (for Onwudiwe); Mr. E. I Efeme (for Madubugwu) and Mr. Maxwell Okpara (for Nwaiwusi).

At the hearing on Thursday the lawyers urged the judge to dismiss the counter-affidavit filed in opposition to their clients’ applications.

They contended that the claim by the prosecution that their clients would constitute a threat to national security if released on bail pending the conclusion of their trial was false.
Efeme said, “The prosecution has the duties to give the particulars of how the defendants would constitute national security.

“These documents (provided by the prosecution) do not show such.




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Posted on November, 17 2016

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