Nnamdi Kanu returns to court, files bail application, objection to trial

Kanu and his lawyer in abja

Kanu and his lawyer in court

By Taiye Agbaje

A Federal High Court, Abuja, on Monday, heard the bail application and preliminary objection to the trial commencement filed by Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

Upon resumed hearing of the matter, Adegboyega Awomolo, SAN, who appeared for the Federal Government, told Justice Binta Nyako that the case was coming up for hearing after the decision of the Supreme Court on Dec. 15, 2023.

Awomolo said the apex court affirmed Nyako’s decision of April 8, 2022, by affirming the preservation of counts one, two, three, four, five, eight and 15 of the charge which Kanu pleaded not guilty of.

The senior lawyer said that the Supreme Court ordered the continuation of the hearing on the remaining seven counts out of the earlier 15 counts.

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“So we are ready to proceed with the hearing of this matter and it is in the defendant’s interest and everybody’s interest in this country to see to the end of the hearing,” he said.

Counsel to Kanu, Alloy Ejimakor, however, told the court that he had two motions; an application for bail and a preliminary objection.

He said though he agreed that the Supreme Court directed the continuation of the trial, they were not ready to continue the proceeding.

He urged the court to take the bail application and the preliminary objection and the prosecution did not object.

Hearing on the bail application and the preliminary objection is ongoing. (NAN)

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