Nnamdi Kanu the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has again been denied bail by the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja today Friday.
As reported by The Cable, the judge, Justice John Tsoho ruled that Nnamdi Kanu was a threat to national security, hence would not be granted bail.
His position is that if Nnamdi Kanu is released he might commit the crime again, also he might jump bail given he possess dual citizenship.
He thereafter ruled that Nnamdi Kanu be kept in prison custody pending the final hearing of his case.
Speaking for Nnamdi Kanu, his Lawyer Nnoruka Udechukwu, senior advocate of Nigeria(SAN) argued that the offence he was alleged to have committed is a bailable offence.
Udechukwu stated that the Criminal Justice Act, 2015 indicated bail for any not accused of capital offence.
The SAN insisted that the offence which Nnamdi Kanu is been charged for is a civil right matter. He also said the right to agitate is recognized in democracy.
“The right to agitate is inherent in a democracy. People must not be denied of their rights to protest by way of being kept in custody, If national security was a ground to throw people into detention the Criminal Justice Act would have said so.” Udechukwu said.
But opposing his submission, Mohammed Diri, counsel to the federal government, said he was “seriously opposed to this application.”
Diri argued that the application failed to fulfill the basic conditions as indicated in section 162 of the Criminal Justice Act, 2015.
He said the probability of Nnamdi Kanu jumping bail is quite high as his statement to the security agency during investigation show that he is also a British citizen aside being a citizen if Nigeria.
“He sneaked into this country. He didn’t enter the country the proper way. He may sneak out,” He added
One of the count charges against him and some of his members reads: “That you, Nnamdi Kanu and other unknown persons now at large in London, United Kingdom, between the year 2014 and September 2015, with intention to levy war against Nigeria in order to force the president to change his measures of being the president of the federation, head of state and commander-in-chief of the armed forces of the federation as defined in section 3 of the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) by doing an act wit: Broadcast on Radio Biafra monitored by NBC for your preparations for the states in the southeast geo-political zone, south-south geo-political zone, the Igala community of Kogi and Idoma to secede from the federal republic of Nigeria and form themselves into a republic of Biafra, and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 41 (C) of the criminal code act, CAP C38 laws of the federation of Nigeria, 2004.”
Meanwhile, a mild drama ensued at the court over legal representation for Kanu.
Nnamdi Kanu who had written a letter to the judge, explaining that his lawyers were only Chuks Muoma(SAN) and Ifeanyi Ejiofor, excluding Udechukwu, who advanced arguments for his bail application, and Vincent Obetta, the counsel, who had represented him since the beginning of his trial at the chief magistrate court, Wuse zone 2, Abuja.
In protest, Udechukwu announced his withdrawal from the case , and asked the court to cancel his name from Nnamdi Kanu’s counsel.
The Judge went ahead to discuss his bail application, ruling Kanu will not be granted bail.