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Court grants Nnamdi Kanu bail but MUST produce ‘prominent Jewish leader’ as surety


Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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The Federal High Court in Abuja has granted bail to the embattled leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, based on his failing health.

Mr Kanu, who has been in detention since October 14, 2015, is facing charges of treasonable felony.

Mr Kanu’s co-defendants, Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi were however denied bail by the court, which has fixed July 11 and 12 to commence their trial.

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The trial Justice Binta Nyako said her decision to release Mr Kanu on bail was based on health grounds.

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The court held that Mr Kanu must produce three sureties, including a “highly respected and recognised Jewish leader”.

The court also said, aside a jewish leader, Mr Kanu must also produce a highly placed person of Igbo extraction such as a senator and a highly respected person who is resident and owns landed property in Abuja.

“I must stress it here that the defendant must not attend any rally. He must not be in a crowd exceeding 10 persons”, the judge cautioned.

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Justice Nyako held further that Mr Kanu must sign an undertaking to make himself available for trial at all times.

Mr Kanu was ordered to surrender his Nigerian and British international passports, even as the court compelled FG to return to him, his wedding ring and reading glasses.

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Meanwhile, ‎Mr Kanu has been returned to Kuje Prison pending perfection of his bail conditions.

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