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FEDERAL HIGH COURT DENIES BAIL TO NNAMDI KANU

FEDERAL HIGH COURT DENIES BAIL TO NNAMDI KANU

 

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has dismissed the bail application of the leader of proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.

The bail application was based on the purported ill-health of Nnamdi Kanu as deposed to in an affidavit in support of the application.

Justice Binta  Nyako  refused to grant bail to Kanu, saying, she was not convinced as to why Kanu breached his previous bail conditions.

Nnamdi Kanu jumped bail in 2017

 Justice Binta Nyako adjourned the matter to rule on an application by Counsel to the defendant, Mike Ozekhome, SAB   requesting the court to vacate its earlier order that  Kanu must be tried in abstentia following his inability to attend trial.

 

 Ozekhome, SAN  argued that the court was misled to make that order, insisting that facts were on ground to show why Kanu fled the country involuntarily.

 

Specifically, Ozekhome has urged the court to set aside the order for trial in abstentia and revert to its earlier status accorded bail to Kanu. 

 

Meanwhile, the Court had struck out a 6-count amended charge preferred against Kanu by the Federal Government following the withdrawal of the charge by the Prosecution Counsel David Kaswe.

 

Ozekhome, SAN  had complained to the court that the prosecution was delaying trial by continuous amendment of the charge against his client.

 

 

However, the court agreed with Ozekhome’s objection to the fresh charge and consequently struck it out.

 

Ruling on the interlocutory application of Nnamdi Kanu and the commencement of trial have been adjourned to 26th of May, 2022.

If the interlocutory application succeeds, the matter is likely to be struck out.However, if it fails, trial will commence.

This is the seventh time the Prosecution will be amending the counts against Nnamdi Kanu.

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