The Federal High Court in Abuja has set May 18 to rule on an appeal made by Nnamdi Kanu, the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, to be freed on bail awaiting the outcome of the treasonable felony charge levelled against him by the Federal Government.
After hearing arguments from Kanu’s lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome(SAN), and the prosecution counsel, Mr. Shuaibu Labaran, Trial Justice Binta Nyako delayed the case to decide on the motion.
FG’s lawyer, Labaran, contended that his client was entitled to bail since he still has the presumption of innocence under the 1999 Constitution, as amended.
Kanu allegedly broke the court’s earlier judgement in his favour by jumping bail and fleeing the country, according to the prosecution.
He said that the judge revoked Kanu’s bail and issued a bench warrant for his arrest because of his prior behaviour.
“My lord granted him release on health grounds in 2017, but no medical records have been given to the court since then until he jumped bail.”
“What we should be arguing is contempt of court,” Labaran said, “since he has flagrantly disobeyed this court’s instructions.”
Ozekhome, on the other hand, chastised FG’s counsel for saying that his client had skipped bail.
He informed the court that Kanu was a frequent attendee at his trial until the military attacked his residence in September 2017 in an operation that resulted in the deaths of several people.
Ozekhome argued that it was the Nigerian Army’s actions that forced his client to flee for his life.
Furthermore, he said that the way his client was kidnapped and extrajudicially returned to Nigeria by the FG violated his fundamental rights.
As a result, he requested the court to release Kanu on bail so that he could prepare an adequate defence to the accusation pending against him.
Meanwhile, Justice Nyako denied Ozekhome’s claim that Kanu’s extra-ordinary rendition was unconstitutional before the case was delayed till May 18 and 26.
She emphasised that there was an active court warrant for the defendant’s arrest wherever he was discovered.