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Breaking: Treasonable Trial: IPOB Leader to Remain in Kuje Prison , Court Rules


The hope of the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra and Director General of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, to return home soon, has been dashed by a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja.
The Court denied Kanu and his two other co-accused bail.
Kanu and two others are being prosecuted for treasonable felony and other offences their prosecutor say are inimical to the sovereign state of Nigeria.
Their offences bothered on their agitation for secession ‎of the Republic of Biafra from Nigeria.
Justice John Tsoho in rejecting the accused persons’ bail application on Friday held that they were not entitled to bail as they failed to show that they would not continue to commit the alleged crime for which they were being prosecuted.
The Judge also upheld the contention by the prosecuting counsel, Mohammed Diri, who had opposed the bail application, to the effect that the accused were likely to interfere with and intimidate prosecuting witnesses.
The Judge also ruled that contrary to the contention by defence lawyers, the charges preferred against the accused were not trumped up.
The court held that rather than contradict the allegations levelled against the accused persons in the counter-affidavit filed by the prosecution in opposition to their bail application, the defendants only went on to insist that the agitation for the Republic of Biafra was within their right.
The Judge also ruled that Kanu’s admission that he was a dual citizen of Nigeria and Britain further heightened the possibility of him jumping bail.
The judge ruled that rather than grant bail to the accused person‎, he would order an accelerated hearing of the case with the possibility of hearing it on daily basis.
The Judge ordered that the accused persons should remain in Kuje prison throughout their trial.
He adjourned till February 9, 10, 11 and 12 for trial.
Kanu, David Nwawusi and Benjamin Madubugwu were being prosecuted on six counts of treasonable felony and unlawful possession of firearms preferred against them by the Federal Government.
Earlier, the was drama in the court room Kanu asked that the lawyer who served as his lead counsel in previous sittings, M. U. Udechukwu, step down for Chucks Muoma.
Kanu wrote to the court, ahead of Friday’s sitting, asking that there should be a change in his representation.
According to Kanu, the person who represented him in previous sittings was different from the person he had instructed.
When lawyers announced their appearances, Udechukwu told the court that he had been informed of the letter, saying he would immediately stand down for Muoma to continue the case.
But Muoma said he was surprised that Udechukwu had raised the issue so early.
He said he had told Udechukwu that there was a letter to that effect, but that he should first complete the bail application he was handling, before withdrawing.
In his reaction, Udechukwu insisted on handing over the case, because the letter said he had impersonated the lead counsel at previous hearings.
Udechukwu said impersonation, a serious offence, could affect his legal profession of almost 20 years.
He therefore prayed the court to record his apology for the said offence, and that the court should note that he was withdrawing from the case.
The Judge, Tsoho, who had earlier hesitated to read the letter, regarding it as an issue that should be resolved by the counsels, asked to know the name of the particular counsel he would record for Kanu.
Muoma told the court that he and Ejiofor would take the place of the defendant’s counsel.
Udechukwu told the court that his withdrawal would affect the other counsels who came with him.

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