Terrorism: Kanu loses fresh bid to get bail


A Federal high court sitting in Abuja on Tuesday threw out an application for bail by the detained leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.

The trial high court judge, Justice Binta Murtala Nyarko held that another high court had earlier refused him bail and that the only court that could overrule such decision was a higher court and not a court of coordinate jurisdiction.

Kanu who is standing terrorism trial before the court also lost another application seeking to be relocated from the custody of the Department of State Service (DSS) to Kuje Correctional center, Abuja to enable him attend to his health and prepare adequately for his trial.

Kanu had contended that under the circumstances he found himself in DSS, he said he would not have the opportunity of preparing himself for his defense in the terrorism charges brought against him by the federal government.

But the trial judge had told Kanu to bring an application for variation of his bail conditions instead of bringing a fresh application for his relocation to prison.

Meanwhile, the detained leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu has disassociated himself from the violence in the South Eastern part of the country.

The IPOB leader vowed that those behind the violence leading to wanton killings of their fellow brothers and sisters and burning of properties under the guise of being IPOB members would not be spared.

Kanu spoke with newsmen on Tuesday, immediately after the Federal High Court in Abuja denied him bail.

How he noted that the violence persisted because he was being held in the custody of Department of State Services (DSS) and vowed that if released, there would be peace in the entire South- East region of the country.

According the IPOB leader, “Anybody committing crime cannot go free. I swear it. Anybody committing crime in the South East cannot go free. They are doing it because I am in the DSS custody. If I were to be outside, nobody can try that.

“I suspect that some people in government are complicit. They are making money with the insecurity.

“They know if Nnamdi Kanu is outside, in two minutes this nonsense will stop. Who is the bagger or idiot that will speak when I am talking. That I will give an order in the East who is the idiot that I will give an order that will counter it ? Nobody can. I am Nnamdi Kanu. Rubbish!.

“Anybody involved in any form of violence in the East in the name of IPOB is a goner and they know it. Let me come out of this mess, only two minutes, there will be peace in the East”, he said.

The court adjourned trial till April 17 .

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