28th June, 2022
Move by the leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu to get bail on Tuesday was turned down by Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court, Abuja.
She said she was not convinced by the reasons given by Kanu to have jumped bail the last time he was granted and thus, turned down the fresh application for bail.
Kanu had told the court that contrary to FG’s allegation that he jumped bail, he fled for his life after his home town at Afaraukwu Ibeku in Umuahia, Abia State, was invaded by soldiers, which he said led to the death of 28 persons.
He argued that he was denied a fair hearing before his bail was revoked.
The IPOB leader attached eight exhibits that included photographs, as well as an affidavit he deposed from Israel, after he fled from the country.
But Nyako said she was not satisfied with the reason Kanu gave for his failure to appear in court for the continuation of his trial.
According to her, from records of the court, Kanu was represented by his lawyer on the day his bail was revoked, likewise his sureties.
Nyako said Kanu’s sureties told the court that they did not know the whereabouts of the defendant and even applied to be discharged from the matter.
The judge stated that the present application by Kanu amounted to an abuse of court process for attempting to relitigate an issue already decided by the court.
She added that if Kanu was not satisfied he could go to the Appeal Court to challenge the court’s decision.