Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court, Abuja has in today’s ruling again denied the bail request of the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
- Justice Binta Nyako ruled that the continuous application for bail by Nnamdi Kanu and his lead counsel, Mike Ozekhome (SAN) is a direct abuse of court processes and an attempt to continue litigation on a matter that the court has ruled on.
- The presiding judge further admonished the defendant to proceed to a Court of Appeal if dissatisfied with the denial of bail.
- Justice Binta Nyako adjourned the case to November 14th 2022.
What you should know
- Justice Binta Nyako had, on May 18, dismissed the defendant’s bail request stating that Mr. Kanu had to explain why he fled the country after a ruling in 2017 granted him bail.
- The defense argued that the IPOB leader fled due to the threat on his life following the invasion of his home by the military; an operation that led to the death of 28 persons.
- The presiding judge then denied the defendant bail on the premise that the last time a court granted detained IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu bail, he fled the country.
- IPOB had yesterday declared a sit-at-home order in all five southeastern states in solidarity with the appearance of their leader in court today.
What they are saying
The 54-year-old IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu called on the people of the southeastern region of Nigeria to remain calm and ensure the peace of the region. He assured the people that he and his team would continue to fight and defend his people, not kill them.