Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday refused to grant bail to the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and founder of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, and his co-accused.
Kanu and two others (David Nwawusi and Benjamin Madubugwu) are being prosecuted on six counts of treasonable felony and unlawful possession of firearms preferred against them by the Federal Government.
While rejecting the bail application of the accused persons, the judge held that they were not entitled to bail as they failed to show that they would not continue to commit the alleged crime for which they were being prosecuted.
He also upheld the argument of the prosecuting counsel, Mr. Mohammed Diri, who had opposed the bail application on the ground that the accused were likely to interfere with and intimidate prosecuting witnesses. Justice Tsoho maintained that contrary to the argument of the defence lawyers, the charges preferred against the accused were not trumped up
He observed that rather than contradict the allegations leveled against the accused persons in the counter-affidavit filed by the prosecution, the defendants only claimed that their agitation for creation of the Republic of Biafra was within their right.
The judge, who also noted that Kanu’s admission that he was a dual citizen of Nigeria and Britain further heightened the possibility of him jumping bail, preferred to order an accelerated hearing of the case with the possibility of hearing it on daily basis.
He then ordered that the accused persons should remain in Kuje prison throughout their trial and adjourned trial in the case until February 9, 10, 11 and 12.
Source: THE WILL
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