Appeal Court Refuses Nnamdi Kanu’s Bail Application

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Nnamdi KanuThe Court of Appeal in Abuja has upheld the decision of the Federal High Court to deny a bail application by Radio Biafra Director, Nnamdi Kanu.
Mr. Kanu, who is also the leader of the secessionist group known as the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, was arrested by the Department of State Services last October and subsequently arraigned on charges bordering on treasonable felony.
He is standing trial alongside two others, Benjamin Madubgwu and James Nwawuisi, at the Federal High Court Abuja.
Delivering judgment on Wednesday in an appeal filed by counsel to the IPOB leader, Chucks Muoma, a three member-panel, led by Justice Abdul Aboki, held that the lower court was right in relying upon Mr. Kanu’s dual citizenship, as a basis for denying his application for bail- Kanu is a dual citizen of Nigeria and Britain.
The court held that the appellant’s chances of jumping bail was high and that the laws of his other country may prevent the trial from reaching its logical end.
Justice Aboki also ruled that the charge against Mr. Kanu and the other defendants was grievous and involved a threat to the state, therefore, an application for bail would not be entertained.
He also stated that the Federal High Court acted within its jurisdiction in the said ruling, and hence affirmed the ruling of the court.

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