Nnamdi Kanu granted first bail since 2015

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[Abuja]–The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, has been granted bail for the first time since the commencement of his trial for alleged treason, since 2015.

The presiding judge, Binta Nyako, gave the order to allow Mr. Kanu attend to his ailing health condition.

The judge also gave a stern warning to the defendant not to participate in any rally or be found in a crowd of more than 10 persons in the course of the bail.

She however refused the separate bail applications filed by the the IPOB leader’s co-defendants.

She however refused the separate bail applications filed by the the IPOB leader’s co-defendants.

The accused persons charged along with Kanu and who were denied bail by the judge were the National Coordinator of IPOB, Mr. Chidiebere Onwudiwe; an IPOB member, Benjamin Madubugwu, and a former Field Maintenance Engineer seconded to the MTN, David Nwawuisi.

According to the order, Mr. Kanu is to produce three sureties with N100 million each.

The judge ordered that one of the sureties to be provided by the defendant must be a highly placed person such as a senator.

She directed that the other must be a highly recognised leader in the religion being practised by Kanu.

When asked by the judge in the course of reading the ruling, Kanu said he was practising Judaism.

The third surety, according to the judge, must be a resident of Abuja and who must have a landed property in the Federal Capital Territory.

Kanu who had been in detention since 2015 was granted bail on Tuesday following the application filed by his lawyer after part of the charges filed against them were struck out by the court.

Moreover, Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State was at the Federal High Court in Abuja to solidarise with Kanu on Tuesday.

Fayose was already seated in the courtroom for over 30 minutes before Kanu and his co-accused were produced in court by prison officials at about 10.05am on Tuesday.

The court fixed July 11 and 12 for commencement of trial.




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