The detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, has been granted bail by Justice Binta Nyako at the Federal High Court in Abuja.
Nnamdi Kanu, who is facing charges bordering on treasonable felony.was release on bail on health grounds.
It was held that Kanu must produce three sureties, including a “highly respected and recognised jewish leader” aside a jewish leader, Kanu must also produce a “highly placed person of Igbo extraction such as a Senator”, as well as “a highly respected person who is resident and owns landed property in Abuja”.Each of the sureties are to deposit N100million each.
The court held that, his conditions for bail, Kanu, was expressly barred from attending any rally or granting any form of interview. “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 warned.
According to vangaurd, Justice Nyako equally held that Kanu who has been in detention since October 14, 2015, when he was arrested by security operatives upon his arrival to Nigeria from the United Kingdom, must sign an undertaken to make himself available for trial at all times.
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
Kanu’s co-defendants, Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi were denied bail by the court which has fixed July 11 and 12 to commence their trial. Meanwhile, Kanu has been returned to Kuje Prison pending perfection of his bail conditions.
The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose was among dignitaries that were in court for the ruling.
However, Nnamdi Kanu has rejected the bail granted to him on Tuesday.he has vowed to remain in Kuje prisons with his co-accused persons.
“Nnamdi Kanu has, therefore, made it clear that he is ready to stay and die at Kuje Prisons.”
Meanwhile, IPOB has reacted to the bail conditions, describing them as childish.
In a statement by the Media and Publicity Secretary of the group, Comrade Emma Powerful, he said the bail conditions were designed by politicians.
The statement reads: “The indigenous people of Biafra, IPOB and it’s leadership worldwide commend those who put pressure on Nigerian Government and her judiciary to release our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, who has been in detention illegally since October 2015.
“The bail conditions which are most probably designed by politicians who are afraid of our leader’s popularity is too inhuman, childish and stringent.
“The oppressors are afraid of leader’s popularity and they hope to cage him through this funny bail condition, we are not excited, we demand the release of our members detained alongside him.
“It is unacceptable to the entire members of IPOB worldwide that the presiding judge Hon. Justice Binta Nyako attached condition towards the release of our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
“The Federal Government and their judiciary through justice Binta Nyako banned Mazi Nnamdi Kanu not to grant press interview, not to sit with more than 10 people or have any gathering.
“However, granting conditional release to our is unacceptable to us because he committed any crime against humanity or Nigerian state, we wondered why Binta Nyako would prefer to attach conditional release him.
“Again, justice Binta Nyako refused to grant Mazi Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Mazi Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi bail who has been detained with our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu since almost two years.
“We also thank the civilise Nations in United Nations, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, American Government, Israeli Government, Russian Government, European Union and others who prevail upon the Nigerian Government and her judiciary to grant our leader bail.
“We also want them to pressure on Nigerian Government and her judiciary to release other three members who are still in Kuje prison Abuja.”
However, Nigerians have react on his bail condition as wicked and politically design
Taking another look at Nnamdi Kanu’s bail conditions:
* He cannot be in a gathering of more than 10 persons.
Nnamdi cannot do the following:
1- He cannot be received in his village by more than 10 persons.
2- He cannot accept more than 10 visitors/sympathizers in his house.
3- He cannot queue in the bank, airport etc., because more than 10 persons would be standing in front and behind him.
4- He cannot attend any function, including church service. No thanksgiving service for his release.
5- He cannot board a commercial flight or bus that has more than 10 persons.
6- He cannot eat with more than 10 persons. He has to restructure his dinning table.
7- Presently he has over 18 persons (Stewards, Security, Wife, Siblings and relatives) living with him. And they must not see him at the same time.
8- The doctor would probably visit him in his house for treatment. To avoid finding himself in the mist of 10 patients.
Also 3 surety with #100MM bond.