Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra group (IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, has again been granted bail by an Abuja Federal High Court presided over by Justice Binta Nyako.
Kanu, who is facing charges bordering on treasonable felony and unlawful possession of firearms, was granted bail according to the presiding judge on health grounds.
Among other things, the Federal Government also accused Kanu of terrorism and other offences arising from the agitation by the IPOB group for the secession of Republic of Biafra from Nigeria.
Nyako was the third judge to handle Kanu’s case after two previous judges withdrew from the case.
When the case came up on Tuesday she granted Kanu bail in the sum of N100m with three sureties in like sum.
She ordered that one of the sureties to be provided by the defendant must be a highly placed person like a senator.
Also, a highly recognised leader in the religion being practised by Kanu. Kanu had told the judge that he practices Judaism.
The third surety, the judge said should be a resident of Abuja and who must have landed property in the Federal Capital Territory.
The judge said he is not allowed to grant any form of interview to journalists, and must also not be seen in a gathering of more than 10 persons among others.
The court fixed July 11 and 12 for commencement of trial.
However, three other members of the IPOB charged alongside Kanu, Benjamin Madubugwu, David Nwawuisi and Chidiebere Onwudiwe, were denied bail by the judge.
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Kanu had earlier been granted bail by a magistrate court and Justice Adeniyi Ademola of a Federal High Court in Abuja, which ordered his unconditional release. But none of those ruling was honoured by the Federal Government.
Meanwhile, Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose, and a former Minister of Aviation Femi Fani-Kayode on Tuesday also stormed the court to show solidarity with Kanu.
Fayose, who put on a traditional Igbo red cap, and Fani-Kayode were reportedly denied entry to the courtroom temporarily.
The action caused some sort of drama, as lawyers had to intervene with pleas before security operatives allowed them entrance into the courtroom.
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