Court Revokes Nnamdi Kanu’s Bail, Orders His Re-Arrest

Court Revokes Nnamdi Kanu’s Bail, Orders His Re-Arrest

 

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered the re-arrest of the self-proclaimed leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.

Justice Binta Nyako gave the order in a ruling on Thursday after revoking the bail granted to the IPOB leader.

She explained that the court gave the order because Mr Kanu had failed to appear in court after his bail was granted in April 2017.


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The judge also ordered that trial would continue in the absence of the IPOB leader and directed that a bench warrant be issued for his arrest.

She ruled that the trial must continue one way or another and directed that a fresh date for the continuation be given by parties so that the matter would continue in Kanu’s absence.

Justice Nyako, thereafter, adjourned the case till June 18.

She gave the orders while ruling on an application filed before the court by the prosecuting counsel, Mr Magaji Labaran.

Mr Labaran had urged the court to try Kanu in absentia in line with the Administration of Criminal Justice Act since he has failed to make himself available for trial.

He also asked the court to revoke the bail granted to the IPOB leader for failing to comply with his bail conditions which included making himself available for trial.

Justice Nyako had granted Kanu bail on health grounds on April 25, 2017, and asked him to present three sureties, one of whom must be a serving senator, a Jewish religious leader and a highly respected person who must own a landed property in Abuja.

The judge warned the IPOB leader against granting press interviews, holding rallies or being in a gathering of more than 10 persons while on bail.

She had also warned him that the bail would be revoked if he flouts any of the conditions.

Nnamdi Kanu Calls Off IPOB Election Boycott In Southeast

 

A pro-Biafran separatist group on Friday said it had lifted its call for a boycott of Nigeria’s presidential and parliamentary elections this weekend.

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) wants independence for the Igbo people who are in the majority in southeast Nigeria and had urged its supporters not to vote on Saturday.

IPOB’s self-styled “supreme leader”, former London estate agent Nnamdi Kanu, has said the action was part of a wider call for a referendum on sovereignty.

But he tweeted late on Thursday that the boycott was lifted as all the group’s “preconditions and terms have been met, signed, sealed and delivered”.

Kanu, who is in his 40s, disappeared after an army raid on his home in Umuahia in September 2017. He re-emerged in Israel in October last year and is now in Britain.

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The IPOB high command confirmed the decision in a statement on Friday, but neither it nor Kanu gave further details, although it promised to publish more details at a later date.

That will likely fuel speculation of a deal between the group and the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, who stood to lose out if voters stayed at home.

The five states in southeast Nigeria have just over 10 million registered voters and have long been a stronghold for the PDP.

The party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has chosen an Igbo politician, Peter Obi, as his running mate.

Abubakar, a former vice-president, has also said he is in favour of restructuring Nigeria’s federal system, by devolving more power from the centre.

The southeast has long complained it has been marginalised by successive governments and military regimes since the end of the civil war in 1970.

The conflict, which killed more than one million people, started after a unilateral declaration of an independent republic of Biafra in 1967.

No Igbo politician has held high office since 1983, when Alex Ekwueme was Shehu Shagari’s vice-president.

Shagari and Ekwueme were ousted in a coup led by army general Muhammadu Buhari, who has been civilian president since 2015.

Court Orders Abaribe, Others To Pay N100m Over Nnamdi Kanu’s Absence

Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe

 

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe and two other persons who stood as sureties for the leader of Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, to deposit N100million each as bail bond into the court’s account. 

Justice Binta Nyako gave the order on Wednesday in a ruling in which she amended the conditions of the bail she had in April 2017 granted Kanu.

The judge explains that the order directing the sureties to pay the money was an order of interim forfeiture.

Kanu is being prosecuted on charges of treasonable felony. The sureties had earlier on April 25, 2017, signed a bail bond of N100million each to secure the release of Kanu on bail.

He had earlier disappeared after an alleged military invasion of his home in, Umuahia, in Abia State on September 14th, 2017.

After several adjournments occasioned by the non-appearance of Kanu in court to face trial, Justice Nyako, in a ruling on an application by the prosecution counsel on March 28th, ordered the sureties to either produce the defendant in court, risk arrest or forfeit the bail bond.

Having failed to produce Mister Kanu in court as directed, Justice Nyako decided to make the interim order for the bond to be deposited in the account of the Federal High Court within two months.

The two other sureties are Ben Elshalom, a Jewish priest, and Tochukwu Uchendu.

They alongside Abaribe guaranteed his bail had been made to sign a bail bond of N100million each which was backed by their landed assets whose documents were deposited in court.

No Cause For Worry Over Nnamdi Kanu’s Outburst – Presidency

No Cause For Worry Over Nnamdi Kanu's Outburst – Presidency
Mr Garba Shehu (file)

 

The Presidency has assured Nigerians that there is no reason to worry about what it describes as the hollow outburst by the disputed leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, on returning to the country “with hell’’.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, gave the assurance in a statement on Tuesday.

He said Nigeria under President Muhammadu Buhari is strong enough to defend its territory against any threat.

Shehu stressed that the utterances of the disputed IPOB leader were a mere distraction that would not be allowed to undermine the relationship Nigeria has enjoyed with other countries.

He said the Buhari administration has the assurances of other nations that they would continue to reciprocate the respect Nigeria has for their sovereignty.

Read the statement below;

NO CAUSE FOR WORRY OVER KANU’S OUTBURST, SAYS PRESIDENCY

The Presidency wishes to restate that Nigeria under President Muhammadu Buhari is strong enough to defend its territory against any threat, assuring all Nigerians that there is no reason to worry about the hollow outburst by Nnamdi Kanu, the disputed leader of IPOB on returning to the country “with hell’’.

Instead, we see the re-enactment of his bizarre, episodic threat as a mere distraction which will not be allowed to detract from the existing cordial relations between Nigeria and other countries.

The Buhari administration is in constant touch with other friendly nations and has the best assurances that they would continue to reciprocate the respect Nigeria has for the sovereignty of their nations.

Nigerians have nothing to fear from this.

Garba Shehu

Senior Special Assistant to the President

(Media & Publicity)

October 23, 2018

IPOB Leader, Nnamdi Kanu Sighted In Jerusalem

 

 

The leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has been sighted in Jerusalem, in a video that surfaced on social media, after months of uncertainty surrounding his whereabouts.

Mr Kanu was last seen in public in September 2017 after a raid on his country home in Abia State by the army, shortly after his release from prolonged detention on charges of treason.

A video which went viral on social media on Friday showed the IPOB leader praying in Jerusalem.

His lawyer, Mr Ifeanyi Ejiofor, who had earlier accused the Army of being responsible for his client’s disappearance, confirmed the authenticity of the video.

He explained that although he had seen the video earlier on, he later got a call from Kanu confirming that the footage was true.

Read the full statement is below:

BRIEF STATEMENT ON THE APPEARANCE OF MY CLIENT (NNAMDI KANU) IN JERUSALEM YESTERDAY

I woke up yesterday to scintillating news making round the social and online media to the effect that my client (Nnamdi Kanu) was sighted in Jerusalem during a prayer session.

Initially, I wanted to disbelieve it but for the source, struggling at the same time to come to reality that God has kept to His Promises after the murderous invasion of his home on the 14th day of September 2017, by rampaging Nigerian Soldiers, that saw the horrific blood carnage witnessed in his home on this black day.

But the God of Isaac, Abraham and Jacob has put enemies to shame, by the development of yesterday.

I cannot forget in a haste the anxiety that had enveloped me for this past 13 months.

The anxiety over the uncertainty of his safety after my last contact with him on the 14th day of September 2017. A day I can never forget for the rest of my life.
On the face of this cheerful news staring on my face, I immediately intensified effort to ascertain the veracity or otherwise of the video clip.

Only, this morning, I received a direct confirmation from my client, hearing once from him after 13 months in captivity.
I am very delighted therefore, to use this singular opportunity to announce to the world that my client is the very person seen in the pictures /video. That I can confirm authoritatively.

Furthermore, the shocking tale of how he made it alive once again will be made public in his scheduled world press broadcast to be beamed live within the next 24 hours.

The general public and indeed the world is advised to keep a date with this broadcast.

The world will now hear from the horse’s mouth, the gory accounts of what happened in my client’s home on the 14th day of September 2017, only tommorow.

Thank you all for your prayers which had sustained him throughout the period of 13 months in captivity.

To His most Mighty name shall all the glory be ascribed unto.

It’s not yet over for the Nigerian Soldiers, because they are still under a compelling duty to offer explanation to the court why they moved their Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC) into the home of my client on the 14th day of September 2017 and the genocidal massacre of over 50 (fifty) members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in my client’s home.
Thank you all.

Bar. Ifeanyi Ejiofor
(Nnamdi Kanu’s Attorney)

See the video below.

Today the 19th day of October 2018 The supreme leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra praying live in Jerusalem.

Posted by Castro Nkume on Friday, October 19, 2018

Court Grants Nnamdi Kanu’s Co-Defendants Bail

Court Freezes, Orders Forfeiture Of Accounts Without BVN
File photo

 

The Federal High Court in Abuja has granted bail to the co-defendants of the missing leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.

Justice Binta Nyako had earlier on February 20, 2018, ordered the separation of Kanu’s trial from that of the rest of his co-defendants, as the IPOB leader’s absence from court continued to halt progress in the case.

The co-defendants who now face three counts of treasonable felony,  are Bright Chimezie; National Coordinator of IPOB, Mr Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Benjamin Madubugw and David Nwawuisi all members of IPOB.

Ruling on their fresh bail applications which they filed following their re-arraignment on March 20, 2018, Justice Nyako, said the applications succeeded on health grounds and the number of years they had spent in detention.

She also noted that one of the defendant’s, Bright Chimezie, had earlier been granted bail by the Federal High Court in Uyo in May 2017 but the Department of State Service (DSS) which at the time, was holding him in custody refused to release him.

She said the defendants had spent an average of three years in custody when the maximum penalty for the offences they were charged with if convicted, ranged from five to seven years.

In granting them bail Justice Binta Nyako imposed on the four defendants conditions similar to the ones she attached to the bail granted Kanu in April last year (2017).

One of such conditions included that they were barred from granting any press interview or participating in any form of gathering or rally.

In addition, she ordered them to produce two sureties each in the sum of 10 million Naira.

The defendants are also expected to report to the Commissioners of Police in their various states of residence every two weeks.

The trial was then adjourned till November 14, 2018

Kanu Absent Again As Court Orders Separate Trial

 

The treason trial of Biafran separatist leader Nnamdi Kanu resumed on Tuesday but the defendant again failed to turn up in court.

The former London estate agent’s populist rhetoric has tapped into lingering separatist sentiment for a breakaway state among the Igbo people who dominate the region.

Getting Frustrating

Prosecutor Shuaibu Labaran told the Federal High Court in Abuja that the absence of the head of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) movement was “frustrating the trial”.

Judge Binta Nyako ordered the trial of Kanu’s three co-defendants without him on March 20 and prosecute him separately.

Kanu, who also runs Radio Biafra, was first arrested in October 2015, sparking a wave of demonstrations calling for his release across southeast Nigeria.

A previous unilateral declaration of independence in 1967 sparked a brutal civil war that lasted 30 months and left at least one million dead from starvation and disease.

Most of them were Igbos.

Kanu was given bail under strict conditions last year but did not appear for the resumption of his trial in October.

He was last seen in September before troops raided his family home in the Abia state capital, Umuahia, during a crackdown on IPOB and its supporters.

Kanu’s wife, Uchechi, told the BBC in an interview broadcast on Monday: “I don’t know where my husband is, whether he is dead or alive, I don’t know.”

She and his family maintain he is being held in government custody. The government denies the claim and a civil court has ruled there is no evidence to support the assertion.

Kanu’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, said the three people who stood surety for his client were expected in court on March 28 to explain why he did not answer his bail.

“(The government) should be in a better position to explain to court where he is,” he told reporters outside court. “That is the fact which the sureties are coming to present to the court.

“Nnamdi Kanu never jumped bail and at no point has he indicated interest of not coming to face his trial.”

IPOB Loses Suit Against Nigerian Army To Produce Kanu

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has dismissed an application filed by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) seeking to compel the Chief of Army staff to produce the missing leader of the group, Nnamdi Kanu.

The trial judge, Justice Binta Nyako also over-ruled the appeal for lack of merit and proof, that the chief of army staff was indeed the last person seen with mister Nnamdi Kanu.

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Counsel to IPOB, Ifeanyi Ejiofor had prayed the court to order the Chief of Army staff to produce his client claiming that no member of Kanu’s family had seen or heard from him since September 14th, 2017.

Opposing the motion, however, General Buratai through his counsel, Akinlolu Kehinde, told the court that Kanu was not and had never been in the custody of the Nigerian army.

Ejiofor on October 17 during the trial told the court that he is looking for his client. He said he has filed a suit asking the court to compel the Nigerian Army to produce the leader of IPOB alleging that his disappearance is unconnected with the invasion of his home by the Nigerian Army on September 11, 2017.

 

Nnamdi Kanu’s Suit Against FG Adjourned Till February 8

The ECOWAS Court has adjourned the case involving the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu and the Federal Government.

The self-acclaimed IPOB leader had filed a suit requesting  $800,000 as compensation from the government for allegedly infriging on his human rights.

At the resumed sitting of the case on Tuesday, the Federal Government filed a motion seeking to quash the suit.

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The counsel to Nnamdi Kanu informed the ECOWAS Court that the motion was filed as a deliberate attempt to frustrate the trial, because the government had more than one month to file the motion, but failed to do so.

When he insisted on replying to the motion on points of law, the Court tubed it down, noting that they do not have the said motion and that it cannot be replied on points of law.

The hearing of the suit was subsequently adjourned till February 8, 2018.

Court Adjourns Nnamdi Kanu’s Trial For Treason

The trail of self-acclaimed IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu for alleged treasonable felony has stalled as he, as well as the trail judge Justice Binta Nyako were absent.

Justice Binta could not be in court as he was to attend the All Judges Conference in Abuja.

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This is the second time the leader of the proscribed group, IPOB will be absent in court after the alleged invasion of his home by the military on September 14.

But his co-defendants and a serving senator, Eyinnaya Abaribe, who is one of the three persons standing as sureties for the bail granted the IPOB leader, were in court.

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Kanu’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, told the judge on October 17 that Kanu had been missing since soldiers allegedly invaded the IPOB leader’s home.

The trial will resume on December 5.

Abaribe Demands N10m Compensation Over Kanu’s Case

The senator representing Abia South Senatorial District, Enyinaya Abaribe, has filed an application before a Federal High Court Abuja, requesting that the court compels the Chief of Army Staff to either produce the leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB), Mr Nnamdi Kanu, or pay the bail bond attached to his release.

Abaribe is also asking the court to order the COAS to offset all expenses he incurred in the cause of Nnamdi Kanu’s trial.

The lawmaker is also demanding an order for payment of damages to the tune of 10 million Naira to him for the psychological trauma which he says he went through, following the extra-judicial self-help actions of the Army Chief of Staff.

Senator Abaribe is standing as surety for Mr Kanu, whom he signed a bail bond of N100 million to secure bail for.

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On October 17, the trial judge, Justice Binta had ordered that Abaribe and the other sureties appear before her to show cause why a bench warrant of arrest should not be granted against them and that the lawmaker can only be excused if he produced Mr Kanu or be to ready to forfeit the 100 million naira bail bond.

Abaribe predicated his application on the grounds that “out of patriotic consideration of assisting the judicial process to defuse the tension generated in the polity and with full belief that Mr Nnamdi Kanu was carrying on his activities within the limits and confines of the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria, he offered to stand as surety for Mr Kanu.

He added that all attempts and efforts by him to contact Mr Kanu by whatever means had failed completely and that nobody except the Army can give any account of him.

Why I Drove Kanu Home After His Release – Chidoka

Why I Drove Nnamdi Kanu Home – Osita
Osita Chidoka

One of the governorship aspirants in Anambra State, Mr Osita Chidoka, has explained why he drove Nnamdi Kanu home after the self-acclaimed leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) was released on bail.

This comes amid speculations that Chidoka, a former minister of aviation, drove Kanu home for the sake of popularity and to achieve his governorship ambition.

Chidoka, who spoke on Sunday during a governorship debate organised by Channels Television, however, said, “If it was a popularity contest, I’m sure that candidate would have gone for it.”

“The issue is the fundamental philosophy of the right of individuals in a democracy to freely express themselves within the laws of the country.

“Once we have that right as enshrined in our Constitution, I believe we must respect it and if anybody violates the terms of our Constitution or our laws, then the law should take its course,” he added.

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Candidates from five major political parties had a tough debate on Sunday, six days to the Anambra governorship election slated for November 18.

The aspirants are Chidoka of the United Progressive Party (UPP); and incumbent governor Willie Obiano of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).

Others include Tony Nwoye of the All Progressives Congress (APC); Oseloka Obaze of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP); and Godwin Ezeemo of the Progressives People’s Alliance (PPA).

Explaining further why he drove the IPOB leader home, the former minister said any persons or groups found to be expressing grievances against the law should be punished.

He said that there was nothing wrong in driving Kanu home after he had been granted bail by the court, stressing that the law had taken its course on him.

Chidoka added that his intention was not to gain any form of popularity as claimed by to bridge the gap between the people of the South East and other parts of the country.

He said: “The law took its course on him (Kanu). He got bailed from a court, I now participated in ensuring that the bridge of communication between the angry young people in the South East and the rest of the country is a burden I believe I bear as a young minister.

“As a young former Chief Executive of the Federal Road Safety Corps, I believe I serve as a beautiful bridge; I serve as that bridge that connects the dreams of Nigeria with the people of Ndi-Igbo.”