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Nnamdi Kanu Will Return To Nigeria To Face Trial If His Safety Is Guaranteed – Lawyer


Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, on
Thursday, told the Federal High Court, Abuja, that he was ready to face
trial if his safety would be guaranteed by the court.

Kanu told the presiding judge, Justice Binta Nyako, through his counsel, Ifeanyi Ejiofor.

Ejiofor
told the court that the application to restore the IPOB leader’s bail
so that he could face his trial was filed on April 1.

“We have an
application for bail filed on April 1, 2019, the application was served
on the prosecution and it is ripped for hearing.

“We urge the
court to restore his bail on the ground that the court will guarantee
his safety when he comes back to the country to continue his trial,” he
said.

On his part, counsel to the Federal Government, Labaran
Shuaibu, who told the court that he was just seeing the process, opposed
to the application.

Shuaibu urged the court to adjourn the matter to enable them filed the necessary processes.

Delivering
the ruling, Justice Nyako, who adjourned the matter till Jan. 16, said
the only way he could guarantee Kanu’s safety was to keep him in the
prison.

She said even judges no longer safe in the country.

“Even judges are being abducted in the country. So prison is the only safest place for him,” she said.

The
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Justice Nyako had ordered the
re-arrest of the self-proclaimed leader of IPOB, Kanu.

The judge gave the order in a ruling after revoking the bail granted to Kanu.

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

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.

NAN
reports that 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.

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