Kanu Knows Fate On Fresh Bail, House Arrest Bid May 20

Court Dismisses Nnamdi Kanu's Lawyer's Appeal Over Unlawful Arrest, Detention

Kanu Knows Fate On Fresh Bail, House Bid May 20

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Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High , , has fixed May 20, 2024, to rule on the request for the restoration of the revoked bail and the removal from the of the Department of State Services (DSS) to house arrest of the leader of the banned Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), .

The court fixed the yesterday after taking arguments from Kanu‘s legal team led by Alloy Ejimakor and that of the , represented by Chief Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN).

Kanu, who has been in detention since 2021 in a motion argued by Ejimakor requested the court to restore the bail granted him in 2017 by the same judge.
He told the court that contrary to the claim of the federal , he did not jump bail or breach any of the conditions of the bail but had to escape out of the country when the military allegedly invaded his house.

He told the court that he would have been killed, if he had not escaped the way he did and accused the federal government of misleading the court to get the bail revoked in his absence.
He also asked the court to set aside the arrest warrant issued against him by the court while he was out of the country.

In a separate motion, also argued by his legal team, Kanu demanded his removal from the custody of the DSS to a house arrest or in the alternative, to remand him in prison.

Besides, he asked that his lawyers must be allowed unhindered access to him to enable him prepare for his defence in the terrorism charges against him, adding that, until those conditions are met by the Federal Government in line with Section 36 of the 1999 constitution, he would not submit himself for trial.
However, the federal legal team, led by Awomolo, opposed granting of all the requests made by Kanu.

Among others, the senior said in a criminal matter, no defendant has the right to dictate to court how his prosecution would be conducted.
Awomolo told the court that Kanu was once admitted to bail but breeched the bail by escaping out of the country under false claims.

The senior lawyer argued that the fresh request for bail by Kanu is a gross abuse of court process, having been rejected earlier by the same court, adding that the only option available to the defendant is to go to the court of Appeal to challenge the rejection since the High Court cannot overrule itself.
On the request for removal from DSS custody, Awomolo said that, the only safe and secured environment for Kanu remains the DSS custody in the interest of the safety of his life.

He urged the court to dismiss the allegation of hindered access to lawyers by Kanu, adding that, in his application and the supporting affidavit, he, Kanu failed to name any DSS operative hindering lawyers from accessing him or eavesdropping during conversation with lawyers.

Speaking with journalists after the proceedings, a House of Representatives member, Hon Ikenga Ugochinyere, praised the legal team of Kanu for standing to get fair trial for their client adding that, under the present circumstances, there would be no opportunity for Kanu to get better deal when his hands and legs are tied in the custody of the DSS.

He appealed to President to end the trial logjam by ensuring out of court settlement for general peace to reign in the country.

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