Court dismisses Nnamdi Kanu’s bail application

IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu

A Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday refused to admit the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu to bail on the grounds that his reason for jumping previous bail has not been established.

Justice Binta Nyako ruled that the court must first determine the real reason he jumped the bail before he reapplies for another one.

The court had on April 8 exonerated the Federal Government on the allegation that the leader of the IPOB was forcefully abducted abroad to stand his trial.

Nyako, in a ruling, held that rendition for the purpose of criminal investigation is allowed.

She said that since Kanu was on bench warrant, the law allowed that anywhere he is sighted, he can be arrested and be brought to face his trial.

“Rendition for the purpose of criminal investigation is allowed. In the instant case, there is bench warrant on the defendant (Kanu). Suffice to say, he is a fugitive before the court,” she said.

The judge, who dismissed Kanu’s move to challenge the terrorism charge, upheld seven counts in the fresh charge filed by the Federal Government against the IPOB leader.

Nyako said that the attorney-general of the federation (AGF) had been able to established some allegations against Kanu in counts one, two, three, four, five, eight and 15.

She, therefore, ordered that counts six, seven, nine, 10, 11, 12 13 and 14 should be struck out.