Terrorism charges: Kanu’s fresh bail request gross abuse of court process – FG

Fate of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu,  hangs in the balance  as Justice Binta Nyako has again fixed 20th of May to decide his request for restoration of his revoked bail and the removal from the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) to house arrest.

Justice Nyako took the decisions after taking arguments from Kanu’s legal team led by Alloy Ejimakor and that of the federal government, represented by Chief Adegboyega Awomolo, SAN.

Ejimakor had in his arguement requested the court to restore the bail granted Kanu in 2017 by the same Judge.

He held that contrary to the claim of the federal government, the IPOB leader, he  said, did not jump bail or breach any of the conditions of the bail but had to escape out of the country when the military allegedly invaded his house.

The detained IPOB leader also said he would have been killed if he had not escaped and accused the federal government of misleading the court to get the bail revoked in his absence.

He also asked the court to set aside the arrest warrant issued against him by the court while he was out of the country.

In another separate motion, Kanu also demanded his removal from the custody of the DSS to a house arrest or in the alternative, to remand him in prison.

Besides, he asked that his lawyers must be allowed unhindered access to him to enable him prepare for his defense in the terrorism charges against him, adding that, until those conditions are met by the federal government in line with Section 36 of the 1999 constitution, he would not submit himself for trial.

But raising an objection, the federal government’s legal team, led by Awomolo rose against granting all the requests made by Kanu.

Justifying his stance, Awomolo said in a criminal matter, no defendant has right to dictate to court how his prosecution would be conducted.