Court denies Nnamdi Kanu bail again

IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu

A Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday dismissed a fresh application for bail by the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu.

Mr Kanu is facing seven-count charges of treasonable felony.

The IPOB leader had urged the court to set aside the order it made on March 28, 2019, which not only issued a bench warrant for his arrest, but also gave FG the nod to try him in absentia.

Kanu said he jumped bail because he fled for his life when soldiers invaded his hometown in Abia State, alleging that over 20 persons were killed in the incident.

But Justice Binta Nyako said she was not satisfied with the reason the IPOB leader gave for his failure to appear in court for continuation of his trial.

“In fact, he sureties told the court that they did not know the whereabouts of the defendant and even applied to be discharged from the matter. Therefore, the defendant was not denied fair hearing,” she said.

On March 18, the court declined to release the embattled IPOB leader on bail.