Justice Binta Murtala Nyako of a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja will on April 25, 2017 rule on the bail application brought by the counsel to the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu, who is standing trial on six count charges alongside three others.
The court has also fixed April 6, 2017 to rule on Kanu’s application seeking the variation of its order on witness protection.
Counsel to the accused person, Barr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor held that since the allegations bothering on treasonable felony and criminal conspiracy has been struck out on the last adjourned date, Kanu no longer constitute security risk, adding that there is need to grant him bail.
Ejiofor told the court the bail earlier granted by another court of same jurisdiction was attached including a letter sent to comptroller General of Nigerian Prisons over deteriorating health conditions of Kanu.
He further said that the accused person who is an internationally recognised person with no criminal record will not jump bail so long as there would be provision for a guarantor.
In his response to the arguments of the defence counsels, Counsel representing the federal government, Mr. Labaran Shuaibu, while objecting to the bail applications, observed that they predicated their argument on extinct Criminal Procedure Act (CPA) and therefore, asked the court to refuse the bail applications, stating that the constant delay in the prosecution of the case is predicated on the constant interlocutory applications from the 1st to 4th defence counsels.