Again, court denies Nnamdi Kanu bail

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A Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday denied bail for the detained leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, for the second time.

The court said it was not satisfied with the reasons given by Janu for jumping bail granted him in 2019.

It said he could approach the Court of Appeal if he was not satisfied with its decision.

Kanu had said he died Nigeria because his house in Afaraukwu Ibeku, Umuahia, Abia State was invaded by soldiers, leading to the deaths of 28 persons.

Meanwhile, dismissing the bail request on Tuesday, Justice Binta Nyako, said she was not satisfied with the reason the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, gave for his failure to appear in court for continuation of his trial.

The trial judge noted that from records of the court, Kanu was represented by his lawyer on the day his bail was revoked, likewise his sureties.

“In fact, his sureties told the court that they did not know the whereabouts of the defendant and even applied to be discharged from the matter.

“Therefore, the defendant was not denied fair hearing”.

Besides, Justice Nyako held that though a court could vacate a previous order when confronted with a cogent and verifiable reason, “in the instant case, I have not been given any, neither have I been given any reason to set-aside the order.

“The present application amounts to an abuse of court process for attempting to relitigate an issue already decided by the court.

“If the defendant is dissatisfactied, he has the Appeal Court to go to.

“This application is accordingly dismissed”, Justice Nyako held.

The court had also on March 18, declined to release the embattled IPOB leader on bail.

The court insisted that Nnamdi Kanu must explain the reason why he breached the previous bail that was given to him, before he could enjoy another favourable discretion from it.

“Until the issue of the absence of the defendant for his trial, with all the bail conditions breached, is determined, the instant application of the defendant for bail will at best be premature and it is refused.

“However, the defendant is at liberty to re-file the application”, Justice Nyako added.

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