Nnamdi Kanu Court refuses to release IPOB leader on bail

Justice Nyako also refused to grant bail to three of Kanu’s co-defendants; Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi.

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The Federal High Court in Abuja has refused to release the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, on bail.

The decision was reached on Thursday, December 1, by presiding judge, Justice Binta Nyako.

Justice Nyako also refused to grant bail to three of Kanu’s co-defendants; Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi.

The judge made the ruling after prosecution lawyer, Shuaibu Labaran told the court that the defendants would constitute “a threat to national security” if freed from prison.

Labaran also argued that Kanu would most likely flee the country due to his dual citizenship of both Nigeria and Britain.

In giving the judgment, Justice Nyako, ruled that the charges against the defendants “are very serious in nature.”

“The offences are serious in nature and carries very severe punishment if proven. I hereby therefore refuse bail of the applicants,” she ruled.

“But in the alternative, I hereby order accelerated trial of this matter to almost commence immediately, but not later than two months,” she added.

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Kanu has been in custody since his arrest in October 2015 and is facing charges of treason.

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