IPOB leader rejects bail
IPOB said the bail conditions for Nnamdi Kanu's release were 'childishly designed by politicians.'
Justice Binta Nyako had on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, granted Kanu a N100 million bail on health grounds.
Kanu’s bail was marked with celebration across different parts of the country.
But few hours after Kanu’s bail application was granted, the IPOB leader was said to have rejected the move.
According to a source close to Kanu, the IPOB leader vowed to remain at Kuje prisons pending when his co-accused persons are granted bail.
”I just finished speaking with Kanu,” the source said.
"He has vowed to remain at Kuje prisons pending when his co-accused persons are granted bail.
“He made it clear that these other three persons were arrested because of him (Nnamdi) and as such he can’t abandon them there.
“Nnamdi Kanu has, therefore, made it clear that he is ready to stay and die at Kuje Prisons,” the source added.
Similarly, the IPOB has reacted to Kanu's bail conditions, describing it as childish.
Comrade Emma Powerful, the media and publicity secretary of IPOB, in a statement said the bail conditions were 'designed by politicians'.
The statement reads:
“The indigenous people of Biafra, IPOB and its leadership worldwide commend those who put pressure on Nigerian Government and her judiciary to release our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, who has been in detention illegally since October 2015.
“The bail conditions which are most probably designed by politicians who are afraid of our leader’s popularity is too inhuman, childish and stringent.
“The oppressors are afraid of leader’s popularity and they hope to cage him through this funny bail condition, we are not excited, we demand the release of our members detained alongside him.
“It is unacceptable to the entire members of IPOB worldwide that the presiding judge Hon. Justice Binta Nyako attached condition towards the release of our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
“The Federal Government and their judiciary through justice Binta Nyako banned Mazi Nnamdi Kanu not to grant press interview, not to sit with more than 10 people or have any gathering.
“However, granting conditional release to our is unacceptable to us because he committed any crime against humanity or Nigerian state, we wondered why Binta Nyako would prefer to attach conditional release him.
“Again, justice Binta Nyako refused to grant Mazi Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Mazi Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi bail who has been detained with our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu since almost two years.
“We also thank the civilise Nations in United Nations, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, American Government, Israeli Government, Russian Government, European Union and others who prevail upon the Nigerian Government and her judiciary to grant our leader bail.
“We also want them to pressure on Nigerian Government and her judiciary to release other three members who are still in Kuje prison Abuja.”
Kanu has been in detention since October 2015 over charges bothering on treason.
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