Leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnandi Kanu today, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, urged the supporters of Biafra Republic to remain, warning against incessant cases of killings in the Southeast.
The 54-year-old IPOB leader wants the region to be made peaceful. “I want Biafraland to be calm, calm and very peaceful. We’re fighting to defend our people, not to kill them. We’re fighting to defend them; that’s why I’m here.
“And I’ll continue to do so until we get victory”, said Kanu, who was cheerful throughout the period of Tuesday’s court case.
This is even as Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, has again refused to grant bail to the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
It will be recalled that Justice Nyako had on May 18, denied Kanu bail. Afterwards, Kanu’s lead counsel, Chief Mike Ozekhome SAN, had to file another bail application, and requested the court to vacate its earlier order directing that Kanu must be tried in abstentia following his inability to attend trial.
Specifically, the defendant wants the court to set aside the order it made on March 28, 2019, which issued a bench warrant for his arrest.
Ozekhome had argued that the court was misled to make that order denying Kanu bail, insisting that facts are on ground to show why the IPOB leader fled the country involuntarily.
However, Justice Nyako had refused to grant bail to Kanu, saying, she was not convinced as to why Kanu breached his previous bail conditions.
The court therefore insisted that Kanu must explain why he jumped bail before he could enjoy another favourable discretion from the court.
But ruling on the fresh bail application on Tuesday, the trial Judge held that the fresh application was an abuse of court process, having earlier been dismissed.
The court reasoned that the fresh bail application filed by Kanu was an attempt to force the court to litigate on an issue that had already been dispensed of.
However, Justice Nyako advised Kanu to seek redress at the appellate if he feels otherwise. Kanu is being prosecuted over allegation of treasonable felony preferred against him by the Federal Government. He is facing a seven-count charge.
The matter has been adjourned to November 14, for mention and to await outcome of Kanu’s appeal.
Uche Nwosu is a two time Shell Petroleum PLC award winner in the year 2000;
He won the Shell Award on Investigative Journalism and Environmental Cleanliness.