Leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu; has declared his readiness to stand trial if his safety would be guaranteed by the court. The IPOB leader disclosed this on Thursday to a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja.
Nnamdi Kanu disclosed this to 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 ripe 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, opposed the application. Shuaibu told the court that he was just seeing the process. He urged the court to adjourn the matter to enable them file the necessary processes.
Delivering the ruling, Justice Nyako said the only way he could guarantee Kanu’s safety; was to keep him in the prison. Further, the judge held that even judges are no longer safe in the country.
Even judges are not safe in Nigeria, Nyako tells Nnamdi Kanu
“Even judges are being abducted in the country. So prison is the only safest place for him,” she said.
Further, the judge adjourned the case till Jan. 16, 2020.
Meanwhile, Justice Nyako had ordered the re-arrest of the self-proclaimed leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu.
The judge gave the order in a ruling after revoking the bail granted to Nnamdi Kanu.
She explained that the court gave the order because the defendant had failed to appear in court. This was after bail was granted him in April 2017.
Also, the judge ordered that trial would continue in the absence of the IPOB leader. Therefore, he directed that a bench warrant be issued for his arrest.
Consequently, 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.
Additionally, she warned him that the bail would be revoked if he flouts any of the conditions.