Nnamdi Kanu: Finally out of Kuje Prison
Mr Nnamdi Kanu, The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has finally been released from the Kuje Prison in Abuja after meeting the bail conditions granted him by a Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday, Mr Ifeanyi Ejiofor said
Nnamdi Kanu was arrested in October 2015 following allegations of treasonable felony by the federal government of Nigeria.
He was held in the custody of the State Security Service till the ruling in January 2016 when the Federal High Court ordered that the detained Biafra agitator be kept in prison custody.
Since his detention, Mr Kanu has made various applications for bail which were refused by different judges handling the case.
A source close to Mr. Kanu also confirmed the three people who stood as surety for him. They are the Chairman of the Senate’s South East Caucus, Eyinnaya Abaribe; a Jewish priest, Immanuel Shalom; and an accountant and Abuja resident, Tochukwu Uchendu. Mr. Kanu’s lawyer, however, declined comment on the sureties
Ejiofor said his client met all outstanding conditions on Friday and was released shortly after all necessary documents were signed by the trial judge.
Ejiofor stated clearly that, “Nnamdi Kanu left the prison at about 5pm after meeting the bail conditions.”
Justice Binta Nyako had on Tuesday granted bail to Kanu, who along with three others are being prosecuted on charges bordering on treasonable charges.
The judge said she decided to release Kanu from custody on health grounds.
The judge, however, barred the IPOB leader from granting press interview while on bail.
The judge also gave a stern warning to the defendant not to participate in any rally or be found in a crowd of more than 10 persons in the course of the bail.
Justice Nyako ordered that she must be given monthly report on the defendant’s health status.
She, however, refused the separate bail applications filed by the IPOB leader’s co-defendants. The accused persons charged along with Kanu and who were denied bail by the judge were the National Coordinator of IPOB, Mr. Chidiebere Onwudiwe; an IPOB member, Benjamin Madubugwu; and a former Field Maintenance Engineer seconded to the MTN, David Nwawuisi.
After the judge struck out six out of the 11 counts preferred against the defendants on March 1, 2017, the defendants are left with five charges, including conspiracy to commit treasonable felony by allegedly conspiring among themselves to broadcast on Radio Biafra agitating for the secession of Republic of Biafra from Nigeria.
They were also accused of treasonable felony, improper importation of goods, illegal possession of firearms and publication of defamatory matter by allegedly referring to the then Maj-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) and now President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as a “paedophile, a terrorist, an idiot, and an embodiment of evil” in a broadcast on Radio Biafra on April 28, 2015.