My bail erroneously revoked, Kanu tells court, tables conditions before FG

The Federal Government Wednesday kicked against conditions submitted by the detained leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, in respect of the terrorism charges leveled against him.

During the resumed hearing at the Federal High Court Abuja, Kanu agreed to acceleration of prosecution of the charges against him on the ground that his conditions are met before the resumption of his trial.

The IPOB leader, through his lawyer Aloy Ejimakor, listed three conditions that must be met before the trial could resume.

He demanded among others that the bail granted him earlier be restored to enable him prepare for his defense.

He claimed that the bail was erroneously revoked “based on a false and fraudulent claim of the federal government.”

Kanu also requested that the setting aside of the arrest warrant issued against him based on allegations by government that he had jumped bail and escaped out of the country.

He also demanded that his lawyer must be permitted to have unhindered access to him as required by law.

The Biafra agitator said that he would be willing to face accelerated trial once the conditions are met.

But countering the Federal Government through its counsel, Adegboyega Awomolo, SAN, asked the court to reject the conditions, describing it as frivolous, vexatious, irritating and baseless.

The senior lawyer said that the court had earlier rejected the bail application and as such the court cannot over rule itself.

Awomolo argued that the only option open to Kanu is to go to the Court of Appeal to challenge the rejected bail request.

The matter is currently before Justice Binta Nyako.