The Federal High Court in Abuja which has turned down the bail applications filed by the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, NNAMDI KANU, and three others with whom he is being prosecuted by the Federal Government for offences including treasonable felony.
Ruling on the applications filed by the four defendants, Justice BINTA NYAKO held that they did not deserve to be released as most of the charges preferred against them were “ordinarily not bailable”.
She said as alternative to granting bail to the defendants, she prefer to order accelerated hearing of the case.
Justice NYAKO held that she had no reason to “deviate” from the earlier “findings” of Justice TSOHO, who had earlier refused to grant bail to the accused before KANU accused him of bias before the case was later re-assigned to her.
She disclosed that there were no new facts and circumstances that could warrant her to grant bail to the accused as the charges preferred against them were “serious offences”.
Justice JOHN TSOHO, who was handling the case before NNAMDI KANU accused him of bias, had also refused to grant him bail.
Others standing trial with NNAMDI KANU are CHIDIEBERE ONWUDIWE, BENJAMIN MADUBUGWU and DAVID NWAWUISI.
They are facing 11 count-charges in connection with the alleged broadcasts on Radio Biafra and agitation for the secession from Nigeria, states in the South-East and South-South zones to constitute a Republic of Biafra.