On Thursday, Nnamdi Kanu, the Leader of one of the top criticized groups in Nigeria, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), stated his readiness to face trial at the Federal High Court, Abuja, if the court would ensure his safety.
Kanu’s counsel, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, made the statement on his behalf to the presiding judge, Justice Binta Nyako.
Ejiofor informed the Federal High Court that the application was filed April 1 in order to restore the IPOB leader’s bail so that he could face his trial.
“We have an application for bail filed on April 1, 2019, the application was served on the prosecution and it is ripped for hearing,” he informed the court.
He added, “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.”
Labaran Shuaibu, counsel to the Federal Government, told the court that he had no prior knowledge of the application and opposed it.
Shuaibu told the court that in order for them to file the necessary processes, the court would have to adjourn the case.
Justice Nyako, the presiding judge over the case, adjourned the matter till Jan. 16, saying the only way she could guarantee Kanu’s safety was to keep him in the prison adding that even judges are no longer safe in the country so prison is the safest place for him.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Justice Nyako 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 reason the court gave the order was because Kanu had failed to appear in court after his bail was granted in April 2017.
Justice Nyako also ordered that trial would continue in the absence of the IPOB leader and ordered 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 given conditions.